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A terminally ill boy has one dying wish: to catch the most beautiful butterfly on earth.
The patronizing, gratuitous sentimentality undermines what could and should have been a simple story of courage and beauty.
Something like an unfunny version of "Dutch."
Pete McCormack's script only occasionally yields to melodrama. Mostly it allows the characters to breathe freely, expressing a greater range of human emotion than just love and sympathy.
If this film was of an American Beauty-standard, wouldn't it be wasted on the ten-year-olds and grandmothers that the production is really geared towards?
Feels as forced and sentimental as one of those disease-of-the-week melodramas that were once the mainstay of U.S. television.
Literally half the experience of this movie involves watching the wildlife. And on this level The Blue Butterfly works magnificently.
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