“Lee Daniels' The Butler”is about the African American White house butler and his family through the decades of the civil rights movement. The title character, Cecil Gaines, is played by Forest Whitaker starts as in all matter of fact a plantation slave ends up serving as a butler in White house for almost 3 decades. Forest Whitaker does a great job with his performances.
The meaning of life
At the end, what is the conclusion to the father-son relationship?
The kid was right all along and the father is just a stubborn old mad!However, the movie does not provide sufficient support for this.
At the end of the movie, when this point is trying to be made, what you really see is an old man, the father, tired of his life and nothing else. It is not that the son was right but that the father did not win a contest that was rigged from the start. He lived to the best of his ability in the time he was born into and no one appreciates his life.
No one celebrates his life. No one understands his life.
In other words, the movie is rather a tragedy.
The director utilizes a lot of inter-webbing between the father’s and son’s lives as if he is trying to make a point but the end product does not convey what points are being made. In addition, there are a lot of montages in the movie.
Some long and some short.As much as I love a good montage, having more than one in a movie is a symptom of poor storytelling. Montages are a gimmick. While it could be useful in telling a story or just be fun for the audience, it should not be overused as a tool for telling stories.
Otherwise, you are totally empty!
So, I feel sad...