carsten’s review published on Letterboxd:
this film is nothing but pure perfection in aspects of both story and filmmaking. donnie darko manages to be both a dark, twisted tale of a schizophrenic teenager, and overall awareness to mental health. the tone brings an eerie sense of dread all throughout the film which is done incredibly through foreshadowing and the soundtrack. rarely does a film have such an intricate and complex plot where it requires multiple viewings to grasp what’s going on, and that’s what makes it so great. this was shot beautifully from start to finish, the style of directing fit every tone from gloomy to cheerful. the idea of time travel was an important part in the overall story while still remaining abstract. the dark comedy was nothing but great in this, not only adding a humorous/ironic elements but to add to donnie’s overall character. donnie’s journey, which spanned throughout the course of 28 days, was not only emotional but fascinating to see how it was all concluded. everything about donnie darko is what I love most about filmmaking, and is what I hope to achieve one day. a modern masterpiece and a beloved cult classic that deserves so much recognition and praise.