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..
I have loved movies for as long as I can remember, but things changed in 2001. I turned 17 that year and a vast majority of my time was spent hanging out with friends, finding ways to acquire and consume cheap alcohol and smoking an incomprehensible amount of reefer. At a time when my hormones were raging, I made no attempt to meet girls. At a time when everyone around me was applying for college, I didn't even pretend to study. At a time when I should have been trying to understand the fascinating complexities of the world around me, I shut down and settled into a routine of apathy and sadness.
I didn't like myself. I wasn't…
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…
I had no idea what to expect from this film. All I knew going into it was that there is a silver bunny man and that people love this movie.
To say the least I loved it.
P.S. I would so watch that Evil Dead / Last Temptation of Christ double feature.
Well that was good! Don't ask me to explain it to you though - all I know is that I enjoyed being in this weird world very much.
"First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village. But the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario - It just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have reproductive organs under those little white pants. That's what's so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. What's the point of living... if you don't have a dick?"
Definitely one of my favorite movies of all time
Roger Ebert got it right with this movie -- "I ignored logic and responded to tone, and liked it more." I loved the tone, quirkiness, and dark humor. I mean, how can you not love a "monster" that consists of a bad bunny suit and a bizarre rabbit/insect/skull mask, who speaks in a dull monotone and is named Frank? It is the perfect anti-monster, and it makes perfect sense when you get to the end of the movie. The rest of the movie does not make as much sense, but that doesn't bother me one bit. Don't try to figure it out. Just experience it.
The Director's Cut
To be fair.. I do not understand the fuzz about this film.. I didn't understand half of it (apparently, I found out after reading the explanation by the director) and call me simple, but I cannot be lyric about a film I don't understand. Also, when the writers thought up of such an incredibly complex storyline, I think they deprive themselves by not being able to fully convey it through this film. On a positive note, the acting was good and there was a good tension throughout the film.
I'm not sure when I first saw this film...I can't even tell you how I heard about it. All I have is a vague memory of not knowing exactly what I had just seen.
I am glad I revisited the movie tonight. (I'm going to guess at least 10 years later). I think I gave it the attention it really deserved and I am a (slightly) more patient film goer than I was back then.
It was still confusing and odd, but this time, it worked for me. In the final moments, I felt like it all came together. Maybe not a package in a neat little bow, but you at least had the box with things in it to push around for the rest of the night, figuring out the best explanation that works for you.
this film is my son
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