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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Lee Daniels' "The Butler" - A Very Short Review

Lee Daniels' "The Butler"





What can I say? At one point, I should have snuck out of the theatre to pee, but for the last 90 minutes I could not leave my seat. I didn't want to miss a single frame of this compelling new movie!

Wonderful acting, tremendous storytelling, and a bit of a unique, criss-cross history lesson spanning decades. What a way to spend a holiday weekend!

I really can't find anything to quibble about - the actors were all well-cast, and in some cases downright spellbinding. Some lines (bearing in mind artistic licence, as this was the Hollywood version of the true life story) spoke volumes about injustice and intolerance. I especially loved the ending back in the cotton field housing - having seen some historical plantation setups for real in Louisiana, it's still unsettling to wrap around. Recent news makes you wonder how far we've really even come as a civil society....

If you want a powerful glimpse into a unique story, you can't go wrong with this film...

Making this outing even more special was a trailer for an upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic that looks similarly captivating. Funny, when Mrs. That Dan Guy and I went to NYC, we took in Mandela Day, and trekked over to Grand Central Station to see what was a special display on this inspiring leader. We were so taken in by the sights of this transportation hub, we forgot to find the Mandela display!!


Go see this movie!!!!!! (Hey, I said this was going to be a very short review...)



Mrs That Dan Guy said...

Yes indeed. I love it when we get the privilege of learning of 1 person's life that is such an important and significant story to know, and it so easily could have been a story never told, never truly known. Amazing.

Suzanne said...

Can't wait to see it and the Mandela flick when it arrives in the new year. Thanks for the review.

ThatDanGuy said...

One of those movies you won't soon forget!!

ThatDanGuy said...

You are very welcome - and the Mandela flick looks great - Idris Alba I think as Mandela...