This dog went to the movies so it is time for a new movie review, and today's movie is, The Butler. This movie is based on a true story about a man who was raised on a farm as a sharecropper whose Daddy was killed when he was young by the owner of the house. The owner's family took him into their home from the fields which ultimately gave him the "education" to become a butler at the White House. He was a butler for many presidential administrations during the following 3 decades. Cecil Gaines (I have no idea whether his name was changed or not for the movie) had 2 sons, and one of his sons was killed in VietNam, and the other was in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. Personally, this dog likes movies like this because most people are "regular" people and don't really have a great deal of power over the events of the world, but they are ultimately the ones who are most affected by those events. One thing about this movie that fascinated me is that this man spent much of his life "waiting" on the people around him, and doing stupid, thankless tasks like polishing shoes and silver. I wondered how much better off the humans would be if they quit assigning people to stupid tasks like that which are essentially unnecessary. I've often thought the humans should do a better job of assigning other humans their jobs because I think a lot of intelligence and talent is wasted by putting people who should be in better jobs on stupid mindless jobs. Of course, I refuse to wear booties so I'm probably the wrong dog to bark to about polishing shoes.
I give this movie 4 paws up, some tail wags, and some husky kisses. This would be about an 8 1/2 out of 10 on the human movie scale. It is such a shame that the humans don't tend to treat each other as they should. Then they wonder why there are so many problems in the world with them getting along with each other. Humans: not as smart as us dogs!
Demon Flash Bandit (Movie Critic)