Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

The Trailer for The Butler is diverting

Lee Daniels’s film about a long-serving White House butler looks mad, Ted.

Thu, May 9, 2013, 11:51


I don’t know what to say about this. Robin Williams isn’t Eisenhower. John Cusack isn’t Richard Nixon. Vanessa Redgrave is who she always is. The scenes with Forest Whitaker’s son dressed up as a central-casting Black Panther look absolutely hilarious. It may well turn out to be magnificent. It could well turn out to be a camp classic. The trailer is certainly something else. Look at it here.