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…
"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..
"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."
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.
Really great film. The concept is unique, and Jake Gyllenhaal is awesome. Just an overall great film to watch.
This is my review for the original film (pre-Director's Cut):
A very strange supernatural drama about a troubled youth in therapy, on medications, and hallucinating. A strange confluence of events occurs, including a jet engine falling from the sky, a crazy old woman perpetually checking the mail box, and a series of mysterious vandalisms.
So what is the connection between all this and time travel? Well, it kind of takes forever to actually get to that part, and there are a lot of distractions that don't amount to much: a sleazy Swayze, a needless Drew Barrymore and Noah Wylie, a violent high school punk, a bitchy school marm.
I kept waiting for some kind of ephipahy to come about, and…
The most insufferable aspect of this film's legacy is that people tend to rate its popularity over its content.
Interestingly, Donnie Darko was my generation's high school movie, even though it lampooned the 80s lionization of secondary education. It was our song in the ash of an older generation's stereo. A deconstruction of the pop & pomp that the 80s built in a self-indulgent vacuum. The 1980s: saccharine narcissism defeated only by the Millenials' false memories of experiencing the decade.
And so Donnie Darko is an interpretive dance. An endlessly meaningful and frustrating display of candy and chaos.
Reminded me of a novel I really liked a few years ago. Some really good quotes in this movie too.
Mais uma da sessão Filmes Difíceis de Explicar (ou Entender).
Filmes como esse são corajosos. Não agradarão o grande público e não levarão multidões ao cinema. Por isso, precisam ser bem feitos. Donnie Darko é um filme bem feito. É bom de ver.
Depois, como sempre, precisamos dar uma passadinha nos blogs da vida pra tentar achar algumas respostas. No final ficam mais dúvidas. O que mais gosto de pensar é numa grande história de amor, onde seu protagonista volta até no tempo pra salvar a vida de sua garota.
E de novo, lá está Jake Gyllenhaal mandando muito.
Watched the director's cut on 10/22/04. I rate that three stars, one half star less.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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