"Lee Daniels' The Butler" is a shocking, sad, heartwarming, and important movie, dealing with the civil rights movement from the fifties to the present. Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, who rose from near-slavery in the cotton fields to become White House butler under eight Presidents.
Cecil Gaines serves as a witness and participant in history, stoically raising a family while his world seems to burn at every turn. The horrors of Jim Crow make most of the movie very hard to watch, but it is educational and very interesting. Whitaker does an outstanding job and should at least get an Oscar nomination. Oprah Winfrey does a good job as his wife; other standouts are Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, and David Oyelowo.
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