This is a film you should See… it has every element necessary for a
film to be More than good, and worth the time invested.
The cast is stellar… Forest Witaker, Oprah, Vanessa Redgrave, on and
on the list would go. The Story is Epic, chronicling the period of
violence and chaos that accompanied the Civil Rights Movement.
It is true to history, and shows the complexity through it’s characters,
as well as some footage from the time itself.
The story is real, centering around a man who Butlered in the White
House through not only 50 years of historical times, but closely with
By involving us in the lives of the characters who people the story, you
are able to clearly see them as stepping stones to where we are now,
as history gives each their changing perspective.
The cast includes many surprises, especially when Ike is played by
Robin Williams (subtle), John Cusak plays Nixon (excellent),
and Witaker works with Lenny Kravetz, Cuba Gooding, and Terrance Howard.
Throughout the backs and forths of leadership, he remains true to
himself, always elegant and glad to be of service, in the most refined
way. He is described as a combination of Henry Fonda and Colin Powell.
Oddly, we never see several of the Presidents, but Kennedy has a large
part in the changes that accelerated during his term, and is well played.
When Obama is elected, we are able to deeply feel the impact
of the moment.
Director Lee Daniels shows brilliance in his casting choices and his
clear ability to draw the best from each actor.
Highly recommended as Art, and as a brush up on the changes
we lived through.