We waited nine years for....this. It's been a while since Robert Rodriguez delivered Sin City, a punchy, brooding and refreshingly inventive adaptation of Frank Miller's noir graphic novel. Loaded to the brim with gritty violence, hard men and the harder women who fool them into thinking they're the ones being controlled, Sin City came out like a bang and never slowed for a second. By the time the prologue had concluded, with Josh Hartnett's dashing and mysterious Salesman telling us…
It's become widely accepted in the movie industry that the weakest weekend of the year is always that of Labor Day and one needs to look no further for evidence of that than the fact that this year's one new wide release on Friday was the dismal found-footage horror flick As Above, So Below (the almost equally subpar November Man got a jump on proceedings by releasing two days prior though that didn't help it any). Opening at fourth place…
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.