In 2013, Lee Daniels tried to capture the spirit and heart of the civil rights movement in his biopic, The Butler. Daniels decided to span three generations within that story and the movie suffered some due to that. It was tough to connect with the characters in their experiences because we were so quickly moved onto the next trial. With Selma, Ava DuVernay focuses her lens on a specific event in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.; the march from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL in 1965. Honing in on this event allowed her to explore the depths of the people themselves, and succeed where The Butler fell short.
Review by Gene
It didn’t take long for Lee Daniels’ The Butler (the actual full name of the film) to start generating some Oscar buzz. The scope of the film and the nature of the subjects covered throughout can instantaneously catapult it into such discussion. Combine that with the impressive cast of solid actors and actresses, you have the makings of an impactful and timeless production, if done right. Continue Reading