Monday, November 18, 2013

The Butler

I managed to get out for a bit of fresh air this evening. It was well needed, particularly as I have been cooped up for almost a week. I have been feeling unwell, so you can imagine how welcomed it was to get out for a while today. :)  I began the evening by giving my car 'Kooky' a good clean.  He's now sparkling again.  :)

I later visited the Showcase Cinema. I went to watch the film 'The Butler' which starred the brilliant actors Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. The film also hosted a number of other well known actors which included Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Elijah Kelley and David Oyelowo.

I found the film rather emotional in places, so yes you will need tissues.

A Spoiler - Close Your Eyes 

The film tells the story of Cecil Gaines. The film is based on a true story inspired by Eugene Allen. He served eight presidents in a total of 34 years working as a butler for the White House. Cecil was raised on a cotton plantation. He witnessed his father being shot by a farm owner after he confronted the man for raping his wife (Cecil's Mother). Cecil becomes a house servant, however he eventually leaves behind his mother who is scarred for life after her attack. He is found breaking into a hotel pastry shop, but instead of being punished he becomes lucky when Maynard the head servant takes him under his wing and teaches him a few skills. Maynard later recommends him for a post at a top Washington hotel. Cecil marries and he becomes a family man. He is approached by The White House to work as a Butler. He accepts the position and he later becomes Head Butler for the White House. There is much family drama.  President Kennedy is troubled by events between blacks and whites. He delivers his speech re the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Martin Luther King is assassinated in the late 1960s, after civil rights activist. Son Louis tells his family that he and a few others had founded a chapter of the radical organization called the the Black Panthers.

There was a lot of family drama. Young son is sent to war but he is killed in action.

The film is excellent, so go and see it!!!

SmileyRoseFrances x

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