Bullseyes: ② (out of 5)
I thought about doing one word movie reviews one time. If I had gone this route, The Butler’s review would be simply: ‘Yawn’.
The Butler follows the real life travails of Cecil Gaines – Forest Whitaker - from his modest roots as a cotton picker to the dizzy heights of White House butlery serving 8 US presidents. The problem with the story is that, once it gets going - nothing really happens. Let’s face it, butlering is not a particularly interesting profession, and Oprah Winfrey’s presence does nothing to spice it up. You sort of feel that Oprah just put herself in the frame to give the Oscar judges a subtle poke.
‘Hey folks it’s me (again) – how about a trophy…?’
They’ll need a big poke too to wake them up from this.