My Thoughts on: The Butterfly Effect (2004)

*This film was initially picked by a Patreon subscriber, however…it didn’t quite work out

Oh my goodness gracious, where to begin with The Butterfly Effect…first of all, if you’re not familiar, the story is about college student Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) who can go back in time and change the past simply by reading his childhood journals. These changes have a profound effect on his life when he comes back to the present.

I was already nervous about this film to begin with. I’d read the plot overview and parts of the plot were already bothering me. But when the time came to actually watch the time traveling segments, I got to one scene in particular and I just couldn’t watch any further. Put simply, the plot of this film is f*cked up, and I mean that in the worst way possible. There’s stuff in here that I am just not comfortable watching. I know as a film blogger that I should try and go outside my comfort zone, but this is too far for me.

That being said, I do agree with the criticism the film gets that says the “butterfly effect” in the film doesn’t go far enough. The overall idea is that one minor change can have huge consequences for everyone and everything. In the film, these changes appear to be limited to Evan and his friends. I can understand why the film would minimize the changes due to budget constraints, it’s not really a true “butterfly effect” is it?

I’m sorry I couldn’t get all the way through this film, this is just a film that doesn’t work for me, on any level.

Let me know what you think about The Butterfly Effect in the comments below and have a great day!

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6 thoughts on “My Thoughts on: The Butterfly Effect (2004)

  1. Sean Munger

    This is a great idea for a film, but the film itself is a mess. Once they had the idea the writers couldn’t figure out what to do with it. If you read about the making of the film you’ll read a lot about multiple endings and recuts, which is a symptom of a movie flawed at the conceptual level. I never want to see this piece of trash again.

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  2. Bailey Shea Dickie

    I’ve still only seen this movie once because every time I want to pick it up and watch it again, I think of one part in particular and I just haven’t been able to bring myself to watch through it again (it may be the part you’re talking about, because it made me sick to my stomach). That being said I thought it was a great movie and I loved the score, and the ending is super bittersweet in the way that I hated it, but I totally understand why they did it. I do like your point on the narrowness of the effect though, I never thought about that. The second movie is probably much easier to get through for most, but the effect is very limited as well. Loving these reviews!

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  3. emmakwall

    I don’t blame you Bex. There’s plenty of films I never want to watch because they are out of my comfort zone too. Stuff about terminal illness, animals etc – I just don’t want to know thank you. Why should we push ourselves to watch things we don’t want to anyway, we’re quite aware of their existence, we just don’t wanna spend hours watching them!!!!

    I have seen this a few times. I actually think it’s a pretty good film HOWEVER completely depressing, dark and disheartening. And out of three endings that I’ve seen, only one was okay-ish. The rest were very poor and silly.

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  4. emmakwall

    I turned off Mysterious Skin. I remember doing that years ago. HORRIBLE film. And I’ve seen some horrible films. But that was REALLY horrible. I think I watched about 20 minutes, I felt uncomfortable from the start then something in particular happened and I was like, f*** this s*** ! Sorry for the bad language.

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