I really enjoyed The Butler. This movie paints a picture of a difficult time in our history as a nation. It was very moving. I found myself tearing up a few times.
Forest Whitaker's Cecil Gaines struggles as a husband, father are all tied to his position as a White House Butler. Being a history nerd, I personally loved how each President was involved in the Civil Rights movement in some way and how it affected Cecil each time.
It was very important to the story to see how people were treated during the Civil Rights movement. I think it was very important for the film makers to create the correct atmosphere so the audience could feel like that they were actually there.
I normally can take or leave Oprah Winfrey, but she was alright in this movie. The relationship that Cecil had with his wife was one of my favorite things about this movie. It was a heartfelt touching relationship. Like all marriages it had its ups and downs, but in the end it stood the test of time.
I love when a movie like this pulls at my heart strings. Overall, The Butler is worthy of an Academy Award nomination. Not sure if it will win, but It's one of the best movies I've seen recently.