TITLE: ?In The Time Of The Butterflies?
?In The Time Of The Butterflies? is a historical movie adapted from a novel by Julia Alvarez. The movie was directed by Mariano Barroso and it stars Salma Hayek. In English class we read the book ?Before We Were Free? by Julia Alvarez and then we saw the movie ?In The Time Of The Butterflies?. They are both set in the Dominican Republic during Trujillo?s dictatorship. It?s a movie suitable for anyone over the age of 12 because it contains some violence and it?s an unhappy movie. This movie is a screen adaptation of the book ?In The Time Of The Butterflies? which was written also by Julia Alvarez.
The movie is about the Mirabal Sisters, also known as the butterflies, living in Trujillo?s dictatorship. It takes place in the 1930?s to 1960?s. The main characters are Minerva (Salma Hayek), Trujillo (Edward James Olmos), Mate (Mía Maestro), Manolo (Demian Bichir), Patria (Lumi Cavazos), and Lio (Marc Anthony). Minerva, Patria and Mate are the Mirabal sisters, the butterflies. Lio is a friend of the butterflies and Manolo is Minerva?s husband. Trujillo is the dictator in the Dominican Republic and he kills anyone who opposes him. The butterflies fight against Trujillo?s regime and the family gets in trouble. In the subplot, Trujillo wanted to have a relationship with Minerva but she refuses him which has terrible consequences for the whole family.
In my opinion, the actors acted very well and the movie was well-directed. There weren?t any big problems. I think that everyone knew what they had to do and they studied their script.
Most of the scenes from the opening till the final credits were very exciting. However, I didn?t like the middle part because they talked all the time and it made the plot move along slowly. But in general, many people would like it because it?s something that happened in real life.
The lesson learned is that when you want something bad enough you need to fight for it but you may have to pay the consequences. That?s a lesson that today everyone can use and learn.
If you like historical movies, you would like ?In The Time Of The Butterflies? because it?s very exciting and incredible. I recommend this movie to teenagers or adults with a strong heart because the movie is sad and many tragic things happen. However, I wouldn?t recommend it to people who cry in sad movies because ?In The Time Of The Butterflies? is a sad movie. For that reason, people with weak heart would cry or would feel sad. This movie is PG-12 because little kids would cry and they wouldn?t understand the plot and the main scenes. When I was watching the movie I was impressed and when it ended I wanted to watch it another time. I think a 90% of the people would like the movie.
I give this movie a 9 of 10 because it was really enjoyable and exciting. The thing that made the movie worse was the middle part that it was too slow. In conclusion, I gave so many points to the movie because I enjoyed it very much and I couldn?t take my eyes of the screen. I am really excited of watching the movie another time!
Adam Mitrani was born in Barcelona in 2001 and he is a 7th grade student in BFIS in Barcelona, Spain