It really is a flick carried by acting chops when the credits roll, from the fantastic ethic portrayed by Whitaker the commander in Chiefs themselves, including a hilariously crude Lyndon B. Johnson (Liev Schreiber) or a not expanded upon enough Dwight D. Eisenhower (Robin Williams). Perhaps the only leader that seemed out of place was Alan Rickman’s Ronald Reagan, well not so much his portrayal, but the butchering attempt at his iconic accent.
Much like my wife pointed out, it’s not so much that it’s a film underserving of praise, but something perhaps caught up in the hype a bit overblown. It’s worth checking out if you want something that is a fine way to discuss how we cannot repeat the real mistakes that happened and recommended for that alone. In the end, I respectfully give “The Butler” three out of five victories.