A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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."
I’m pretty sure I was about 13 when I first saw Donnie Darko and over the years it became a place of refuge whenever I felt completely consumed by angst or rage. It’s like a bible for anyone who feels misunderstood or under-appreciated and during your teenage years this is a very common predicament. As a result of my perpetual torment, Donnie became my version of a teen idol. He appeals to the loner or outsider, he’s the rebel with a cause, a reject from a censored and drugged society who takes on the existential burden that comes with being tasked to save the world.
Donnie Darko is not like other coming-of-age movies because it works against the idea that…
"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…
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…
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..
A great movie with many twists and turns. Could watch it a hundred times and always enjoy it and notice something I missed previously!
i feel like this movie gets better every time i watch it. also i finally watched the directors cut and everything makes a lot more sense now
Totally one of a kind and, like it is for many my age, one of my absolute favourite films of the century so far, Donnie Darko is a melancholic but extremely menacing meditation on fate, destiny and existence told as a science-fiction coming-of-age story. It sounds like a dull mess on paper, but it really is anything but. The political and social satire which intertwine with themes of predestination and tangent universes also provides just as much food for thought as the film's seemingly labyrinthine construction does. Throw in a flawless soundtrack to compliment its 1988 setting - and an ending that floors me every time - and you have an enduring cult classic that its director hasn't reached the heights of since.
It's definitely been too long since I watched this.
**THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE THEATRICAL VERSION**
The director's cut of this film has been one of my favorite movies for a few years now, and it dawned on me that I hadn't seen the theatrical all the way through.
I'm really glad I didn't.
Don't get me wrong, it's still a good film but it just seems to be lacking so much, mainly in terms of character development that the DC has. It was almost too much open to interpretation.
The soundtrack of this version didn't really seem to fit either. Lots of the songs just seem too randomly selected, and the sound design, namely when there's a loud overwhelming buzzing sound when Donnie first meets Frank, didn't work for me.
Every scene cut in this felt very jarring and didn't help the film flow as well as the DC does.
In the end, I still think the DC is the way to go.
Director's Cut: 5/5
Soundtrack is dope
*plays dark wave in the background*
"You're such a fuckass"
An all time fave beyond teenage angst
I hadn't seen this in ten years. I have fond memories of watching it and that's really all I remembered, just a fond memory of a cool cult flick. So to say I could point out all the differences between the theatrical cut and the director's cut would be incorrect but I can say that watching the director's cut reminds you how thin of a tightrope a film like this is walking with regards to dropping breadcrumbs to a larger mystery. Sometimes you don't even want the breadcrumbs, David Lynch, but sometimes a mystery has a logical payoff and deliberate breadcrumbs are crucial to unraveling that mystery. There is deliberate breadcrumb dropping going on with the director's cut but it…
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