Lee Daniels’ The Butler (aka The Butler) review: civil-rights servant

A deeply moving melodrama about a subtly subversive black butler at the heart of the White House. You will need Kleenex. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s most likely apocryphal, but that quote attributed to Winston Churchill is appropriate here: “The Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.” For this is one tiny slice of the dramatic history of civil rights progress in the United States as seen through the eyes of a black man who worked as a White House butler for decades… and the subtle impact he had on making America’s leaders realize that all other possibilities except acknowledging the humanity of nonwhite people were being exhausted. The story of Cecil Gaines (Forest
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