Sybil, J. and a bunch of the TJMS/Reach Media staff went to a screening of the new Lee Daniels’ film, “The Butler.”  It stars Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and lots of other supporting characters who you’d recognize portraying Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan.

Even though the title is simply “The Butler,” and the character is brilliantly played by Forest Whitaker, it’s really an entertaining history lesson from a black man who has experienced the worst and best of America. Even though I’m very tempted to tell you a lot about the movie and ruin  it for you, I won’t because I really want everyone to see it.  You know how I am about supporting black movies…I would urge you to see it on that principal alone. But in this case, I urge you see it because it is important.  There shouldn’t be a person in America, or a least a black person, who can’t relate to some part of the struggle, triumph, sadness, joy, indignity, pride, fear and hope that was depicted in the 132 minutes the film ran.

There’s a lot of humor too, humor that black people really get that isn’t slapstick or stereotypical like a lot of movies. The supporting cast included some amazing actors that made a very good movie even better.  It was cool to get a look inside the White House from the perspective of the black men and women that served there. There’s a lot of emotional stuff too and yeah, by the end, most of us were wiping away tears.

For every one who doesn’t believe the obstacles black men and women endured and over came, for those who have lived it, for those who never witnessed it and especially for those who have forgotten, it is a very accurate depiction of the segregated South through the Civil Rights Movement, The Black Party Movement, Vietnam, up until now. I know there will always be people, black and white, who would rather not be taken back to some of the ugliest moments of history, especially the parts that haven’t changed that much. The scene where Oprah’s character is talking about Emmett Till was eerily similar to conversations people are having today about the murder of Trayvon Martin.

The movie didn’t try to answer every question, solve every problem or make any of the characters out to be perfect.

All and all, it delivers a great lesson and  provides  a lot of laughs too:  sounds like a “Party with a Purpose,” on the big screen. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

7 thoughts on “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ Serves Up Tears and Laughs

  1. laulie6 on said:

    until I looked at the receipt that said $4897, I be certain that my mom in-law could realey receiving money in their spare time from their laptop.. there aunt haz done this 4 less than thirteen months and recently paid the loans on there place and bourt a brand new Car. I went here ……………….

  2. Jackie on said:

    Just saw the movie “The Butler.” It was amazing! It brought back memories that I’ve lived through and heard about from my elders. Every african american child should see this movie in order to understand what our people have had to overcome and to appreciate the lives that were sacrificed. Oprah was on target. There was not a bad actor in the cast.

  3. Saw The Butler last night and it is definitely “must see”. Everyone did a great job, both acting and directing however Oprah was absolutely mesmerizing on the screen. She had her show, career , now her network and all that but whenever she is acting, she commands attention in her scenes. I think she gave an Oscar winning performance….seriously…she was that good!…..TOM…. “now, get that low-class bitch outta my house”… is going to be on par as a memorable scene with “I luvs Harpo, lawd knows I do, but I’ll kill’em dead”!!…lol

  4. Rayar Johnson on said:

    August 12,2013

    Please, Please Help us! In the February 14,2013 Wayne County Newspaper,( Front Page) It tells of the school violations and bullying and harassment my children have suffered in the WCSD,Mississippi. But, it did not mention that the latest of those threats were from the school KKK note. Now, this same girl where two knifes were found on her is back at school and sitting behind my child on their bus.
    This is not the first racial discrimination . My kids have a right to a safe school environment.
    The WCSD said they would handle it and they would prosecute and she would not be back on that campus. They would not tell me one court date no notification, just it’s been handled. 911 did not even send an officer at my request the day of.
    The children are shocked and scared. I beg for justice. I do not know why help for justice is so hard. They are not going back to school until they are represented. This is sad that anyone would think we are okay with this.

  5. BlackBeauty on said:

    Yes, you are correct.
    I saw the film at screening and it is a film that ALL Americans should see.
    Well done, Lee Daniels and an excellent cast!

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