review by Bobby Blakey
I have been a fan of Antonio Banderas all the way back to his Desperado days. I have been glad to see him back in the spotlight more often as of late with some great films including The Skin I Live In, Expendables 3 and Automata. Now he is back once again in a the new thriller Black Butterfly co-starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Piper Perabo, but does it offer up the engaging story the trailer promises or will it fail to deliver the complete story?
Black Butterfly follows Paul, a reclusive writer who struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay. After a tense encounter at a diner with a drifter named Jack, Paul offers Jack a place to stay-and soon the edgy, demanding Jack muscles his way into Paul's work. As a storm cuts off power to the isolated cabin, the two men begin a jagged game of one-upmanship that will bring at least one tale to an end. This was an interesting film that offers up a great twist and interesting story throughout, but I have to say I was expecting something more. I clearly had already predetermined the kind of story I was going into with the trailer and it was not near as intense as I thought it might be.
Both Banderas and Meyers do a great job here playing off of each other to create the chemistry necessary to make their strange relationship work. The story works, but there are some directions and decisions that didn’t make all that much sense to me at first, but thankfully I stuck with it as the twist makes it all make sense. This is one of those movies that moves a bit slow, but is worth it at the end. There is a compelling story here, but just doesn’t really push the limits I assumed they were going for. In the end it still works and will be one that will no doubt find an audience that really digs it.
In addition to the film this release also includes bonus content including commentary, trailer gallery, and featurette that takes you further behind the film. Grab your copy of Black Butterfly and decide for yourself available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.