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…
Amazing performances, especially by Gyllenhal, Greatest movie ending of all time, save for possibly American Beauty.
I was so goddamn confused but the antichrist scene is one of my favorites of all time byee
Thematically rich, with one of the most interesting original stories of this millennium. Donnie Darko is meticulously crafted, with insane attention to detail in every scene. It's gripping and has an irresistibly eerie charm to it, with a fascinating mix of genres and a tone that keeps you on edge the entire way through.
Fantastic film and one that gets better with each re-watch.
While not quite as mind-blowing as its adherents may claim, at least if one has a background in reading sci-fi, it is nevertheless an engaging story to watch unfold. Read full review.
No sé qué pensar: ¿película de culto o simplemente pretenciosa? Yo, por mi parte, recomiendo ver esta obra atípica sobre viajes en el tiempo, universos paralelos y conejos gigantes malrolleros.
My favourite movie of all time!
Overall Enjoyment 10/10
I was told that Donnie Darko was confusing but it wasn't that hard to follow for me personally except for certain moments. Donnie Darko nevertheless is an intriguing film and one I enjoyed more than I though I would.
Me encanta la trama de esta película. Es muy inesperado, pero cuando te das cuenta de lo que sucede, todo te hace sentido.
"That's some good shit, huh?"
"It's a fucking cigarette."
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