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Dr. Martin Luther King made a valid suggestion, if you are a street sweeper, be the best street sweeper you can be. We live in a society today where we strive for the highest most recognized positions; neglecting the people who make those bigger things possible.
Wil Haygood, author of the book and screenplay, “The Butler” put into perspective the act of being the best street sweeper you could be. In Cecil Gaines case, the best butler he could be.

Starting off under the not-so-best circumstances, Cecil’s journey in life, starting as a slave, being freed, living in a home with a wife and two children, led him to a position in the White House where he served four presidents. His journey taught him the extraordinary skills he needed to be the man he was throughout his lifetime. Though, still learning even in his older days, Cecil learned at some point that although he wasn’t on the front line for his country, or putting in footwork during the civil rights movement, he was a contribution of his country and the men who served it through various actions, events, and services. Not only did Cecil contribute behind doors, he did it in such a manner that made him appreciated and furthermore in high demand. Although his efforts were equally distributed between work and home there were some issues he had to face that in the long wrong created a snowball effect for both the good and the bad.

Not too many people know the people who contribute behind doors as much as they know the people who are in their faces; case and point: Eugene Allen (Cecil Gaines, The Butler).

The Movie The Butler was phenomenal. It allowed a history refresh lesson as well as entertainment. Director, Lee Daniels gave us the right amount of humor to even out the seriousness, history, and reality of the story. He [Lee Daniels] piled actors and actresses for our enjoyment, Forest Whitaker, Oprah, Lenny Kravitz, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding, Jr. David Oyelowo, and so many others.

In a nutshell, the movie was awesome. I feel that there were two stories going on and at first was hard to follow but once the movie got to a certain point I was like, “ohhhh OKAY!” I don’t feel that ALL of the actors/actresses casted were necessary, in my opinion some weren’t an asset, it was just cool to see them in the movie. I do feel that Wil Haygood and Lee Daniels highlighted some important issues and points nonetheless; not as much as I expected, but there was definitely a sense of history recap. I appreciated that I got comedy, history, and a moral lesson all in one sitting.

I wouldn’t say this movie is to die for but it definitely a good movie, the moral of the story, what Wil Haygood was trying to get across to America makes up for what the movie lacks.

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