Butter starring Jennifer Garner, Yara Shahidi and Ty Burrell will be shown in theatres today October 5th 2012. Butter is about an ambitious woman Laura Pickler ( played by Jennifer Garner) who is married to Iowa’s king of butter sculpting champ, Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell). After her husband retires she decides to enter the race all by herself. She was first considered a shoo-in until a young girl, Destiny (Yara Shahidi) discovers she has an amazing talent when it comes to butter-carving and then becomes the latest favorite. Butter received mixed reviews from fans and movie critics in the industry. Let’s take a look at a couple of reviews for the movie, Butter.
“Butter: A Film Missing Some Ingredients
Dripping with contempt for its main characters, “Butter”” slathers such condescension onto its Midwest setting, you’ll either find it insulting or pandering.
Our archvillain is Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), a politically conservative control freak. Despite her grand ambitions, this small-town bully grabs power where she can get it — namely, at the Iowa State Fair butter-carving competition. Just to be sure we always know who to root for and against, Laura’s rival is a wide-eyed, kind-hearted foster child named Destiny (Yara Shahidi).
Appropriately enough for a movie built on two-dimensional cartoons of amoral adults and innocent children, Shahidi is the only actor who emerges with her dignity fully intact.
Olivia Wilde overplays as a rough-edged stripper, Alicia Silverstone gives Destiny’s vegan foster mom a single beatific expression and Hugh Jackman chews scenery as Laura’s good-ol’-boy ex.
It’s Garner, however, who defines the film’s severe judgment of rural ignorance. No doubt she was directed towards such a broad, purse-lipped portrayal, but it’s a shame she was unable to expand upon it.”
You can read more at NY Daily News
A positive review is also garnered for this film and it is provided by Joel Arnold
“Everything is Definitely Better with Butter
Yes, the creamy dairy spread, when chilled to between 32 and 60 degrees, achieves a consistency ripe for carving, and artisans working with hundreds of pounds of the stuff can fashion almost anything: cows, the Liberty Bell, cows being milked, Mount Rushmore, cows jumping over moons, Yoda, Newt Gingrich on a horse.
For real-life builders of butter and their fans, the craft is more than a novelty — and in Butter, a politically charged satirical comedy, excellence in butter may as well be a matter of life and death.
Or at least it is to Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the ambitious wife of Bob Pickler (Ty Burrell), who’s won the Iowa state competition for butter carving for the past 15 years. Laura is a savvy if entitled social climber, and, as she explains in a voice-over that seems to be channeling Michele Bachmann, being the First Couple of butter sculpture comes with a certain level of prestige, which she and Bob may just parlay into a political career.”
The original article can be viewed at npr.org
So there you go! Two distinct reviews from movie critics which will help you to see if the film is worth watching. Don’t miss Butter and experience it for yourself this Friday, October 5th 2012 directed by Jim Field Smith.
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