Movie Review: The Butterfly Effect

I guess I’m on a kick where I want to watch depressing movies. Today’s movie was The Butterfly Effect.

“A young man struggling to get over disturbing memories from his childhood discovers that he is able to travel back in time and alter events in his past. However, every change he makes transforms his life and that of those around him, often to unexpected and disastrous consequences.”

There is a lot of really horrible stuff, especially in the earlier parts of the movie with the younger versions of the kids.

I guess I just am spoiled in my life in that my exposure to the horrible things people can and often do to each other has been severely limited in my life. I wasn’t in a position when I was growing up where I was exposed to other kids who thought it was a good idea to torture or hurt other people or animals. I wasn’t exposed to situations where people thought it was okay to knowingly and willing hurt other people. Not that everything in my life has been perfect, but my life has certainly been a lot better than any of the situations portrayed in this movie.

But one of the key points of this movie is that messing with the past and messing with people is a really bad idea. For every time Evan went back in time to fix something he messed up, he very distinctly makes things much, much worse. He messes with people’s lives, all to try and give himself a better life. And eventually, he learns about the cost of what he’s doing to others and works to make a decision to help everyone.

Would you sacrifice potentially having the love of your life actually in your life if you knew that your absence from their life would make their life happier and better? I think that’s one of the reasons I actually own this movie and rewatch it every now and again, and one of the key lessons I’ve learned throughout the last several years especially. You have to live your own life to the best of your ability. You can’t build your life around other people and what you think is best for their lives. The only people who can choose what’s best for their lives is those individuals themselves. At the same time, though, you should work to be the best person you can be, to treat the people in your life with dignity and respect and to be a positive influence in the lives of those around you. You should never be afraid to love with all your heart, especially your family and friends.

Overall, I’d say this movie is probably a two on my rating scale. While I do watch it every now and again, I think one of the reasons I watch it is to make sure that I’m living my life the best I can and to remind me to be thankful for all the people and things I have in my life. My life right now is filled with a lot of amazing and fantastic people and I’ve met some of the most gorgeous and talented people in the last several years. People with dreams of becoming comic book artists, people who want to make a positive impact in the world, people who are teachers, writers, service men and women, construction workers, salespeople, entertainers, students, welders, homemakers, cooks, and every other pursuit of happiness on the planet, and I am thankful each and every day for all of their presences in my life, even if I rarely hear from them, if we talk every day, or if we aren’t on speaking terms, I am thankful for each and every one of them. I also live in a nice apartment with a comfortable couch and am surrounded by books. I don’t have to worry about buying food or paying rent because I’m financially stable and I often use my extra finances to help others who are not in such a stable place in their own lives. So while The Butterfly Effect isn’t like to be a movie I would recommend very highly to other people, it does make me remember to be thankful for what I have in my own life.

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About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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