I love Oprah. I’m not exactly sure why, but doesn’t everyone to some degree? Sure I watched a few eps of the show over the 25 years she had it, but I wasn’t a fan. In fact, I often found it all a little twee the majority of the time. But, she owned it. Rocked her version of twee, and conquered. And helped an unfathomable amount of people along the way. Besides, the woman decided I am going to end the show because I am going to become a network! And last I heard, in less than 3 years it’s turning a profit. Oprah Rules; and she shits cash – I swear.
One of the specific things I know I love about her though is when she acts. And she doesn’t often. Though I bet it has more to do with scheduling issues, rather than her interest in a script, she can steal a scene. The Color Purple is more than enough. So it is a very welcome surprise to see her back on the big screen in Lee Daniel’s The Butler. Opening next week in the US, we Aussies haven’t be given a release date as yet. Come on O, pull some strings!
Though he had great success as a Producer on 2001’s fantastic Monster’s Ball, it was producing and directing 2009’s truly shocking/moving Precious that pushed Daniels into the limelight, and had him positioned with movie stars clambering to be in one of his films. The surprisingly amazing 2011 The Paperboy, followed. With John Cusack, Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, and an against type, watchable Nicole Kidman, though released virtually straight to DVD here in OZ, this is very unique film where you really don’t see most of the story-line coming. Especially the end. Go rent if you haven’t seen it. And now we have The Butler. Or apparently, “Lee Daniel’s The Butler”, so not to confuse us all re a 1930’s (or something) film… what?
So, Great Director! Has Oprah! What other reason do we have to go see this film about a black Butler’s life in the White House spanning 5 Presidencies? Are you ready? Her is some of the cast (other than Oprah): Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Vanessa Redgrave, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman, Alex Pettyfer, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr, and last but not least, Robin Williams.
Don’t think. Go see.