Watched this last night for the first time in years and while I'm never going to love it as much as I did the first time seeing it in theaters I still rediscovered a great fondness for it. It's definitely one of those cases where I just watched it so many times over the a short period that I really wore myself down on it and became totally unenthusiastic about it but now that I've given it a few years…
So to recap the first five minutes of Lee Daniels’ Lee Daniels’ The Butler:
- Forest Whitaker is sitting in the White House.
- He stares into the horizon, even though he’s inside.
- Cut to an image of two men hanging.
- Fade in Martin Luther King Jr. quote next to them.
- Cut back to Forest Whitaker staring into the horizon for a second.
- Cut to his childhood, working on a cotton farm with his parents.