Monday Movie Review – The Butler

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5)  Movie Trailer Posted below.

My MoMWoW Post for today:

Monday Movie Review – The Butler

The Baby and Me movie was canceled today so in honor of the holiday I am reviewing “The Butler“. I got it out of the RedBox this past weekend to share with my fiancée. I saw it in the theater as a Baby and Me movie and loved it.  This film is based very closely onMr. Eugene Allen‘s life.  There are only a few minor differences between the movie life of Mr Gaines and the real life of Mr. Allen.

The Butler is an excellent movie and in my opinion it should be the movie of the year.  It really helped me to get a feel for the civil rights movement.  It is amazing to see how far our country has come in the span of Mr. Gaines life.  From the poverty of being a slave picking cotton with his family to being the most respected butler in the United States.  This story had my emotions from sad to laughing a little.  The first emotional scene is when you hear his mother being raped and shortly after seeing his father murdered right in front of him when he was a boy.  The eldest woman of the house takes him in and teaches him to be a house servant. (I will not re-use their terms as it is degrading and disrespectful to everyone)  The path Mr. Gaines and his family had to take was one that shows great courage and sacrifice.  He leaves the farm when he is of age and sets out to find a better life for himself.  He gets caught breaking into a hotel pastry shop and ends up with a job there.  After a period of time there he learns about how to read people and give them what they want even before they know what they want.  Once he takes a job in DC and proves himself by working at a fancy hotel he is requested to go to the White House for the position of a Butler.  During his time as a butler in the White House he sees more changes in civil rights.  His oldest son becomes involved with the movement inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. and takes trips on the freedom bus.  Shortly after Dr. King is assassinated the son turns to the teachings of the panthers until he finds out that they are not what he was expecting.  But, his actions came with the consequence of losing the respect of his parents and their relationship was void.  Through all the struggles the son and father end up making up after Mr. Gaines and his wife attend the State Dinner as guests of Mrs. Reagan.  During that dinner is when he realizes the two faces that the butlers have and this doesn’t set well with him.  He resigns from his position and goes to his son and they begin to mend their relationship.  When it cuts forward to the election of President Obama I realized how much it meant to the senior generation to see a half black – half white president elected to office.  They lived through the battles to be come equal and got to see something that they never dreamed possible.

This movie gets a 5 out of 5 hankie rating – Make sure you have a tissue box.  Even my fiancée teared up and he doesn’t cry over movies.  Now me on the other hand, I am a teary woman.  I love getting into movies and feeling what the characters are feeling so I cried a lot during this film.  I recommend this movie to everyone.  I also think it should be a movie that schools should have to show either in an assembly during Black History Month or sometime during their Jr. high or high school years in a history class.

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