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."
Donnie Darko is a disturbed, schizophrenic teenager. One day is awakened in the middle of the night by an hallucination of someone - or something - in a horrific rabbit costume. His name is Frank. Frank tells Donnie the world is about to end. In 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds to be precise. A jet engine crashes into his room whilst Donnie’s away from home. The hallucinations of Frank worsen and begin to influence Donnie’s actions. He also finds himself a girlfriend.
Donnie: Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?
Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
That one is probably my favourite response in any movie of any time. Richard Kelly’s screenplay…
"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.
watched this only for jake tbh
Ich gehöre zu den wenigen Menschen, die ich kenne, die Donnie Darko nicht lieben. Ich habe ihn 2002 zum ersten Mal gesehen und fand ihn schlecht.
Nach 13 Jahren habe ich ihm nun eine zweite Chance gegeben.
Ich verstehe nun besser, was euch daran gefällt, aber der Film funktioniert für mich auf so vielen Leveln nicht wirklich. Ich kann den Finger noch nicht genau in die Wunde legen, aber mich störten teilweise die Dialoge und ich hatte das Gefühl, dass er sich in ein intellekuelles Gewand kleidet, das ihm nicht so ganz passt.
Dennoch gefielen mir die Coming-of-Age-Aspekte und der Twist am Ende.
One day a mentally unstable young man with the help of his imaginary friend cheats death only to find out that the world will end in 28 days. Not a bad film that sometimes feels like it is trying to outsmart its audience by making itself more complicated than it really is.
No sería justo para ustedes leer una opinión de una película escrita por alguien que ama esa película, porque simplemente yo no puedo ser objetivo con Donnie Darko. Esta es una de esas película que amo y la cual le tengo mucho cariño y aprecio, es increíble que después de tantos años aún me sepa la mayoría de los diálogos, las situaciones y los sucesos de muchas de las escenas. Y hablando de escenas, toda Donnie Darko tiene grandes escenas amenizada con canciones que van muy acorde a lo mostrado, ¿cómo olvidar Love Will Tear Us Apart o la emblemática Mad World?
Como esta película la volví a ver debido al ciclo (personal) de Jake Gyllenhaal, debo decir que tanto…
My favorite movie of all time. This film works on so many levels and has such a wonderful atheistic I can barely contain myself when watching it. It's not for everyone, but I was blown away when I first saw it. I was probably 15 or 16 when I first watched it by myself in my room, and the Frank scenes scared the crap out of me, but this film isn't horror, it's an exploration of the ongoing existential crisis of a 14 to 15 year old boy who may or may not be suffering from hallucinations.
This movie is as confusing as my math test
It's associated everywhere with the term "cult classic", which I feel like belittles it a little bit. Is it not possible to just call it a classic? Darko was affected directly by the events of September 11th, as the movies was released to theaters shortly afterwards and received almost no attention (I can't imagine a movie where an airplane accident destroys a house would be welcomed with open arms), only to find itself a home in the DVD market. It was a career-defining film for Jake Gyllenhaal, and I honestly doubt he'll ever be able to match it. What makes this movie even more fun is the endless room for debate about what happened. Talk to ten different people and you'll get ten different takes, and Richard Kelly totally embraced this idea. Instead of getting frustrated when people didn't "get it", he just opened his arms and said, "Here's my movie, take from it what you will."
*Types 'Donnie Darko Explained' Into browser...
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