Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
Dark. Darker. Darko.
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
When it's your birthday you get your favorite supper, your favorite tipple, birthday sex and the pick of what to watch on the television. For me it was a lovely birthday and of course the movie of choice was my all time favorite "Donnie Darko".
I saw this for the first time back in 2002 and couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. It had an unusual effect on me. I've seen thousands of films, but rarely has one lingered quite so much on my conscience. Without doubt a "cult film", this had so many different theories as to what it was really all about, it would make your head spin.In truth I became a little obsessed. I…
"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."
"Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?"
"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"
For what seems like the hundredth time, a movie has broken my brain. And it feels brilliant.
Up until now, this was simply 'the creepy rabbit movie' in my mind. Of course it's still partly that, just with the phrase 'simply amazing' added to the front of it. Because, well, it just is. There's that opening, presenting a seemingly normal scene but still managing to give you the feeling that something is definitely going to happen, then manages to keep up the almost sinister camerawork throughout, resulting in some more beautifully shot scenes. Aided of course by that fantastic soundtrack and a brilliant script…
A mini masterpiece.
One of the most beautiful films ever made.
If I ever have advice for anyone, it would be to never watch the Directors Cut. Half of Donnie Darko's brilliance is its weirdness and ambiguity. It should never need to be fully explained.
The other half of Donnie Darko's brilliance is that frankly unbelievable performance from Jake Gyllenhaal.
To this day, it is still one of the best films I have ever seen in the cinema. It made 2001 a great year. Despite being unemployed..
This was so weird! And I mean that as a compliment. Like woah, that was some trippy stuff going on. Still trying to figure out what just happened.
Talking about Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn once said,
I've always liked characters that, because of the circumstances, have to transform themselves, and in the end, it's inevitable that what they end up becoming is what they were meant to be. . . .The Driver was meant to become a superhero, and he's denied all these things—relationships, companionship. And why would he be denied that? It was because he was meant for something greater.
I think that idea is why Drive and this movie appeal to me so much. Donnie has no idea in the beginning of what he is to become, only finding aid in those around him who are meant to help him achieve his goal of saving the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Guy who is suffering from daylight hallucinations is creating chaos in city full of mysteries and secrets. Burning houses, dancing girls, big scary bunny with slog in eye, school addicts, old grandma, physic lessons and much more - yep it's all about this this awesome mind-fuck movie.
i rewatched this movie today and man i love jake gyllenhaal so much and i love this movie, the first time i watched it i was like wtf i didn't even get it but now i'm like i guess i got it and it was so great and i love jake gyllenhaal
Donnie Darko is very entertaining, and besides a few confusing and unexplained elements, is very, very memorable.
If you haven't yet seen this film, stop everything you are doing and go home and watch it. It is a true one of kind film, that will confuse you and make you question the very aspect of reality. You will need to watch it more than once to fully absorb its message and dig beneath its primary story. It really is a work of art that must be seen.
I did not get it... sorry. And ake Gyllenhaal just gets under my nerves (Even spelling his last name is annoying).
just watched the director's cut of this film and find the differences with the theatrical version fascinating.
the director's cut is remarkably clearer, making it much less daring of a film, which is surprising. however, because it is clearer, the director's cut also manages to be much more emotionally potent, much more focused on the characters and their relationships.
the ending is less 'cool' but far more moving and -arguably- successful.
This time I watched the director's cut and saw a bit more of the story, but in a way that would ruin the delightful confusion and pondering that results from a first-time viewing. I am still left wondering about some of the mechanics that guide this film, and I don't know if I can ever perfectly understand them. Regardless, this film is a masterpiece, and with the directors cut I was able to see more exploration of some characters that don't receive proper screen time in the original. I recommend this version for any who have already seen the film and want to see it again, but if you have not seen it, do not watch this version.
Let’s face it: I thoroughly believe nobody has the answers to the many questions you could ask, and I think It’d be defying reason to actually search for them. Everyone who cites this film as a favourite largely don't have a reason for it. It seems to stir up something new each time. People talk about the superficial elements: the performances, the beautiful soundtrack, the concepts, images, words. I feel there’s something else there undoubtedly, though you could never tell what it is - it exists outside that scale of love and fear presented in the classroom scene. It changes with each viewing, and it travels past rationality and directly to your emotions; it becomes a feeling.
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