The Butterfly Effect

   17 July 2004, the wee hours

Sometimes I watch a movie, and my expectations are so low I am pleasantly surprised by what I end up seeing. The Butterfly Effect would be one such movie. The film is a sort of creepy drama about a man who can travel back through time by reading his old journal entries. Every time he goes back however, he ends up fucking things up. Carvill, Steph and I watched the film with my youngest brothers friends. We decided to watch the Directors cut, which I thought was pretty good. The ending it quite different then the theatrical releases ending, a bit more sad I suppose. I think Ashton Kutcher actually didn’t do that bad a job with this role. He didn’t come across as Kelso. Good for him.

The official the Butterfly Effect web site



  1. It’s funny, I have never watched That 70s Show so maybe my expectations were different, but I really thought from the beginning that he would be great in this role. And going into the movie, I didn’t expect it to be as dark and funny as it was (although my favorite moment was, during the frat house thing, when Kutcher’s car gets trashed, the girl next to me turned and said, “Oh, you got punk’d!”). I loved the ending, it not being happy, but now that I know there’s an alternate ending, I’m going to have to go check it out.

  2. Heh, I just watched this movie a few nights ago. Very weird movie.

    One major flaw: if he could relive his life through these “episodes” how come the notebooks were always there, written the same way?

  3. Because in every life he would have his memory problems, and in every life he would be told to keep a journal. That’s how I saw things.

  4. One thing that bothered me was when he woke up in the mental institution and asked for his journals, the doctor told him that he’s been asking for them for years but they never existed. Since Kelso up to that point would have been alternate reality Kelso who had no knowledge whatsoever of the other possible lives, he never should have asked for his journals that the doctor never told him to write. The first time he would have asked was when he jumped into that reality and the doctor should have just made a remark about the parallel to his father, nothing more.

    I watched the director’s cut with the commentary on and I think I would have liked it more if I’d watched that version first. The theatrical ending is a bit tame for my liking and the director’s reminded me of a Massive Attack video.

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