Butterfly (Pilot Episode), 2018
Signed up the 29/03/2017
Butterfly is a British three episode drama series that follows Max an 11 year old boy transitioning to an 11 year old girl (Maxine), her family must unite together and set aside their difference and help Maxine on her journey. The series stars Anna Friel, Emmett J Scanlan, Callum Booth-Ford, and Millie Gibson.
The pilot episode of Butterfly is shaky and has a few issues here and there, however this show will hit the mark for those who need it. The episode is sweet in the right moments as you watch Maxine embrace herself but heartbreaking also, as we watch Maxine try conform to societal standards and also conform in order to bring her parents who are on the brink of divorce back together, and the only way (so far) to have that is Maxine has to be Max even if that means having her skin crawl as she wears boys clothing and pretend to love soccer to appease her father so that he won’t leave again.
What I love about this show is the support Max gets from her older sister and mother, even if the mother wants her to be a him in public and her indoors, which is slightly damaging and I’m gonna need you to watch to see why.
The episode really tries and I found it to be thoughtful and the performances are great, Callum Booth-Ford’s performance as Max/Maxine is such goat level acting and completely spellbinding and accompanied by the score and soundtrack you can’t help but root for Max/Maxine.
The writing is good enough that the parent’s struggles to understand their child isn’t done in a way that it takes away from the subject matter and makes it into something it’s not but it hones in on the themes, the actors are talented enough to take that and run with it by giving us awards worthy performances. The series is very important for Trans kids and parents of Trans because it will resonate and the Trans community need more shows and films about them, they need to see that they matter and that they do deserve representation that’s told authentically. Overall I’m impressed with “Butterfly”, A MUST WATCH for everyone who loves consuming queer cinema.
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