I enjoyed Magic in the Moonlight far more than I thought I would. Going in, the only thing about it that really appealed to me was Colin Firth and Woody Allen finally doing something together (surprised it took this long -- they seem such a natural fit) but it was exactly the kind of light, charming summer entertainment that I needed at the moment. Simple and elegant, it's easy to spot exactly where it's going and the ending leaves a…
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.