In the Time of the Butterflies
(2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
Butterflies is a Showtime movie about the Mirabal
sisters, known to their colleagues as las mariposas (the butterflies),
who are considered martyrs in the cause to overthrow Trujillo, the
brutal dictator who ruled the Dominican Republic with an iron fist for
decades. Their murder was considered the last straw in Trujillo's
human rights abuses.
Their story was told in a Julia Alvarez novel, which
Salma Hayek produced into this film.
Salma Hayek breast-feeds a baby. We see most of
her large breast, but the nipple appears to stay in the baby's mouth.
Except for a competent performance by Salma Hayek
herself, this isn't a lot more than a docudrama, or maybe I should say
a documelodrama. It's a sincere, but excessively bland and toothless
treatment the last decade of the Trujillo regime as seen through the
eyes of one woman who struggled to become the D.R.'s first law
Edward Olmos plays Trujillo in the exact same flat,
emotionless, style he brought to Miami Vice, and actually seems like
kind of a decent, reasonable guy! Springtime for Trujillo. The film
plays out like a TV show, including obvious breaks where commercials
can be inserted. Yawn.
|The meaning of the IMDb
score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics.
Films rated below five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one
and a half stars from the critics or even less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but
will be considered excellent by genre fans, while
C- indicates that it we found it to
be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description,
C-. Nothing really wrong with it. Watch it if you
are interested in the subject matter. Skip it if not.
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