Rating: 3 out of 5
Will this movie follow the same fate as last year's Lincoln?
The events that unfold in The Butler helped shape America and paved the way for President Barack Obama's appointment (as explained by director Lee Daniels), but will the tale translate here?
This drama about America's civil rights history, told through the eyes of a White House butler based on a real person, isn't all that exciting unless you're into the black-white segregation, Martin Luther King Jr, the Vietnam War and more.
But like how Lincoln was propped up by Daniel Day-Lewis, who eventually won an Oscar for it, The Butler is propelled by a solid and emotional performance from its lead actor Forest Whitaker as the titular housekeeper who served eight US presidents in the White House.
Oprah Winfrey and newcomer David Oyelowo also deliver strong supporting performances.
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