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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not much to say other than this movie is fucking amazing and pupupupupupu. Watch it, I'll never forget it you cunts
I give it a thumb in the air.
5/10: Very strange movie. However, it's not as good as I thought it would be. Felt it's over-hyped.
Well, I definitely have to see this film again. Its not enough with just one watch. But it does have enough to show for to even consider watching it again. Gyllenhaal has been at his best recently and I don't mind doing some of my homework on his early stuff.
About a year ago I watched "Donnie Darko" for the first time, and I didn't understand a f*cking shit. I promised myself I would watch it again sometime, and it happend...
What a masterpiece! Before starting the film, I told myself to keep attention to every little detail, and keeping my eyes open at all times. I now understand almost everything that is going on (some things are still unclear tough, like the ending for example).
A film that I will watch many times during my time. A true piece of art!
Maybe I didn't pay enough attention, but to me the plot is somewhat confusing and hard to understand from the way it's given to us. But it is a really good story, with much thought put into it, I just think the delivery could've been more straight forward. In the end it all makes sense, I don't think I fully understand everything the movie explains but I do think that is normal as the movie has many ways to be interpreted.
"I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to."
Donnie Darko is one of the greatest cinematic experiences ever created in my opinion and it's also Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance. Donnie Darko is an undeniably skillful film. It tells a twisted story involving hallucinations and time travel, and expresses these surreal episodes of confusion, dread, and detachment through every available cinematic tool - in particular the film's penchant for mishmashed playback speeds and editing tempos is addictive and effortlessly watchable. This film is really the definition of a mind fuck. With an ending that is sure to leave your head spinning and…
Doesn't hold up. Lots of things work, like its tone of nostalgic dread, but it's story is messy and at the end it feels like more of a mindfuck than a complete story. I still love it and I totally understand why I was enamored with it as a teenager, but it's not holding on to me into adulthood.
Later realized that for as invested I am in Richard Kelly's movies and as much as I want to see him keep working, I only really think one of his movies (The Box) works. But even in his other films - Dark and Southland Tales - his voice is so strong that it deserves the opportunity to keep developing.
The movie is about a kid who is getting visions of a man in a bunny suit telling him to do crimes. This was one trippy movie. Can't say I enjoyed it though. All the weirdness just wasn't for me. There was some stuff/concepts that I definitely liked though.
Jake Gyllenhaal was great in it. His acting was superb. He had one hell of a creepy smile.
Definitely a hugely overrated film in my opinion, don't know what people see in it.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
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