THE BUTLER (Lee Daniels, 2013)

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Pure Oscar bait but it was indeed a phenomenal Oscar-worthy film.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler was a powerful look at the rich history of African-Americans in the US and their struggles amidst brutal racism.

There were so many effective moments that incited fear and sadness with their lucid depiction of living as a colored person.

Forest Whitaker deserved another Oscar for his spectacular performance as the subservient turned subversive title character.

Oprah Winfrey was phenomenal as the wife. The big-names supporting cast proved to be a bit of a distraction but were fine, too.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published August 26, 2013.)

MOVIE REVIEW: PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL “PUSH” BY SAPPHIRE (Lee Daniels, 2009)

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People that complain and whine a lot should watch this movie. Here’s a moving story about an obese girl that suffered physical and emotional abuse from everyone around her. The movie isn’t a typical tearjerker; it actually feels like real life.

Credit goes to the amazing Gabourey Sidibe who embodies Precious in all aspects that it would be hard to separate the actress from the character. The rest of the supporting cast that includes Mo’Nique (frightening and ferocious and so deserving of that Oscar), Paula Patton, and Mariah Carey (yes, that Mariah Carey!) all give phenomenal performances.

It’s heartbreaking and depressing yet surprisingly hopeful.

Rating: ★★★★★