The Butler (2013)

The Butler
Director: Lee Daniels
Writer: Danny Strong
Based on: Wil Haygood’s article
Cast: Forest WhitakerOprah WinfreyDavid Oyelowo, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Nelsan Ellis

Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) grew up on a cotton farm where he officially wasn’t a slave anymore but he practically was. When he was old enough, he left there and after a period of hardship was lucky enough to find employment. Bit by bit he works his way up to becoming a butler and finally gets recruited into the White House. But racism is still a major issue.

The Butler has a great cast and the time passes rather quickly when you watch it, but it’s a manipulative film (which I was prepared for and which isn’t generally bad) that is so sweet that it leaves you in desperate need of insulin to manage it. And that was just too much.


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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (2009)

Precious is the movie adaptation of Sapphire‘s novel Push, directed by Lee Daniels and starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz.

Precious (Gabourey Sidibe) is 16 years old, fat, poor, can barely read or write and is pregnant with her second kid – both pregnancy consequences of her father raping her. She lives with her mother (Mo’Nique), who constantly abuses her. When her second pregnancy is discovered, Precious gets kicked out of school, but starts to attend a school cut to her needs and tries to build up a life.

The movie was good, of the Oscar-hype-movies certainly the most deserving. The cast was brilliant, the script fantastic [though I haven’t read the book, so I can’t compare] and Lee Daniels did a good job.

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