BLOGATHON: Against the Crowd – Boo to ‘Pitch Perfect’, Yay to ‘The Butterfly Effect’

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Wendell of Dell on Movies brings about a new challenge in his latest (recurring) Against the Crowd Blogathon. In this very poignant blogathon, bloggers are invited to go against the crowd—complaining about movies that everyone loves but you hate and defending movies that everyone hates but you love. This is my first participation to this blogathon, so here’s the shot.

Wait! There are some rules to follow.

1. Pick one movie that “everyone” loves (the more iconic, the better). That movie must have a score of at least 75% on Tell us why you hate it.

2. Pick one movie that “everyone” hates (the more notorious, the better). That movie must have a score of less than 35% on Tell us why you love it.

3. Include the tomato meter scores of both movies.

4. Use one of the banners in this post, or feel free to create your own.

Boo to Pitch Perfect

Everybody seems to love this a-capella frenzy in Pitch Perfect (2012), which now holds 81% Rottentomatoes score and has been certified fresh. The consensus states, “Pitch Perfect’s plot is formulaic, but the performances are excellent and the musical numbers are toe-tapping as well,” which I think is somehow right, but seemingly forgetting the most important part.

The plot is, obviously, formulaic—too deep in the safe zone; the story-telling was rambling and segmented. Alright, perhaps the songs are immaculate—in the same wind with Glee, which were on top when Pitch Perfect was released. So, I could say it’s trying to tail Glee in a way that the series doesn’t excel, cinematography. However, my highlight is the penchant of this movie to be too sexist—and even, aiming for gender-superiority. That’s lame.

If I were to write consensus, I’d have said: Pitch Perfect is another Bring It On or Step Up in a stage, which has been gleefully introduced by Glee. Not original.

Yay to The Butterfly Effect

I remember being stunned watching The Butterfly Effect (2004) back on my teenage year. It was a fun and somehow complicated movie with a turning performance from Ashton Kutcher, which I proudly liked as the host of MTV Punk’d. However, internet stroke and I learned that this fun joyride only landed a 33% Rottentomatoes score with consensus stating “the premise is intriguing, but it’s placed in the service of an overwrought and tasteless thriller.” That’s insane.

Of course, the premise is intriguing, but never forget the execution, which gave better lights for audiences to try to compile every piece of the premise and drift along with the movie’s enthusiasm. Why bother with it’s being a thriller? Take it like an adventure film. Although the plot-device is quite ridiculous, but it works in fulfilling the premise—of choice and consequence. Just take it like you watch Groundhog Day or read Goosebumps, or if now, watch Edge of Tomorrow.

Well, Ashton Kutcher might not be a good choice of actor to have a role here; but, he’s the star back then. So, I guess he’s an okay choice. Glad that most people in IMDb, perhaps, have similar thought like me, securing a 7.7 score and a legacy to continue.

10 responses

  1. Is The Butterfly Effect supposed to be bad?! I had no idea! Granted I haven’t seen it in about 10 years, but I do know that I liked it! I haven’t seen Pitch Perfect so I can’t comment but I’m totally with you on The Butterfly Effect.

    1. Thanks! I kinda like The Butterfly Effect and the aftermath 🙂 It deserves better!

  2. I like, but don’t love Pitch Perfect. It is totally Bring it On with singing so I get it. Haven’t seen The Butterfly Effect. I’ve talked to a number of people about it and opinions are all over the place. Gonna have to finally see it for myself. Thanks for taking part. I really appreciate it.

    1. Thanks, Wendell 🙂 glad you agree that Pitch Perfect is Bring It On with music.
      But yeah Butterfly Effect is quite divisive in many matters

  3. Holy crap, I didn’t realize The Butterfly Effect had that low of a score on the Tomatometer. That’s ridiculous. I love that movie. It’s actually one of my favorites, despite hating the ending. I’m glad you like it too, it doesn’t deserve that score.

    And I don’t get the frenzy over Pitch Perfect either. It was kind of dumb.

    1. That makes two of us, Brittani! Well, I was kinda surprised when learning the tomatometer of Butterfly Effect, cause I always thought it’s a good movie. Lol.
      I like your word for Pitch Perfect: dumb.

  4. I remember when Butterfly Effect came out. My sister was obsessed. She thought it was incredible. I liked it, but I see why it garnered the reviews it did. Amy Smart was really good there, though.

    I quite like Pitch Perfect…but it’s not perfect, and it isn’t original. You got that right.

    1. Perhaps, I’m on your sister’s side. But, yeah, I gradually understand why the review got so mean like that, but that doesn’t make me think it’s less incredible.
      Well, that’s why I have to take Pitch Perfect down: ’cause people like it.

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