Monday, August 26, 2013

Lee Daniels' The Butler: Lemme Guess--All the Democratic Presidents are Kindly, Charming and Lovable. All the Republican Presidents are Shifty, Stiff and Creepy

Just a hunch, mind you. Not that I plan to see the critically-acclaimed flick, but it's nice to see that at least one critic has declined to take part in communal swoonathon:
The movie itself is schematic, it’s nonsensical, it’s hysterical, it conflates eras and political moments, it has 60-year-olds playing 30-year-olds and 35-year-olds playing 15-year-olds. It has Robin Williams playing Dwight Eisenhower. By any conventional reckoning of what a good movie is, Lee Daniels’ The Butler is just awful. And yet there’s no denying it—this atrocity is an enormous crowd-pleaser and is going to be a huge hit.
Robin Williams as Ike? For reasons of hirsuteness alone, surely he'd have made a far better Nixon.

Robin Williams as Ike? He was more convincing as an elderly English nanny.

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