Synopsis: A look at the life of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made.
Release Date: October 18, 20113
Thoughts: I find myself at a crossroads with Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels. Though I felt his work on Precious was deserving of his Oscar nomination his other work has produced a strong reaction in me – a negative reaction. His first feature, Shadowboxer was a rumpled mess even with star Helen Mirren and his Precious follw-up The Paperboy was an loony exercise that tested the mettle of even the most forgiving audience member. So I’m approaching The Butler with some angst that it will be another Daniels pic with a strong cast that ultimately fails to deliver. On the other hand, this first trailer hints at a movie without its own agenda that could conceivably call upon the strengths of many of the talented cast involved. Releasing in October, I’m hoping this works because I think there’s a good story to tell here.