We went to see The Butler this weekend.
I fall for period piece trailers and end up in a movie that doesn't leave me all warm and fuzzy when I walk out. I'm a fantasy girl. I like feel-goods or hair-raising adventure. In other words escapism. Lets face it, while real life can be great, it can also be grim. So while I'm not sorry I saw it, both the hh and I agreed if we had a do-over, we probably wouldn't have seen it.
It's truly a superb movie. The acting is wonderful. The storyline is in depth. I look for both the movie and the actors to be up for awards. But its centered around a brutal time in our history. To quote the hh, 'we lived through that hurtful experience. I'd just as soon not be reminded of it'. And hurtful is a good way to describe what Americans did to other Americans. Its almost beyond belief. How can anyone treat another human being like that? Especially people that claim to be God fearing Americans.
I know every country has its share of brutality, but you always want yours to be the exception. Unfortunately, we're not.
Did you see it? What were your thoughts? Again, it was an emotional, in depth, wonderfully acted movie. It's just more realism than I like to deal with. Though, realism is not necessarily a bad thing.
Oh, and did you see where a former Korean war vet who trained Vietnam fighter pilots is refusing to show it in his theatre because Jane Fonda is in it and her stance on the Vietnam war? For more information: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/08/22/Jane-Fonda-opponent-wont-show-The-Butler-at-his-Kentucky-theater/7951377220674/