The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.30PM, 7FLIX ★★★

A sim­ple, ef­fec­tive drama in­spired by the life of Eugene Allen, who served as head but­ler at the White House for 34 years. He is rep­re­sented by the char­ac­ter of Ce­cil Gaines (played by For­est Whi­taker), who be­comes a silent wit­ness to the best and worst de­ci­sions made by eight con­sec­u­tive US pres­i­dents. In other hands, Gaines might have wound up as For­rest Gump in a din­ner suit. How­ever, Whi­taker’s grace­ful re­straint keeps pro­ceed­ings on an even keel through­out. The cast of The But­ler is di­verse, to say the very least. Some of the pres­i­dents work (Alan Rick­man as Ron­ald Rea­gan, Liev Schreiber as Lyn­don B. John­son). Some do not (John Cu­sack as Richard Nixon, James Mars­den as JFK). Not the most sub­tle of movies over­all, but it does have some valid in­sights into the evo­lu­tion of mod­ern race re­la­tions in Amer­ica.

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