Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko ★★★★

Obviously not "the deepest movie EVER" like it was when I was 13 but look, c'mon, expecting that's just asking it to fail and frankly I don't think it was ever trying to be that.
It's a cool, confident style piece with a dope soundtrack and it's funny as fuck & emotionally resonant when it wants to be, those are all consistently its strengths and if we're being honest that's what made middle schoolers (young me included) enamored with it, not its attempts at Themes*.

* Also its "really makes you think" moments work because Kelly's def a little self-aware of what he's doing and is too in on the joke to seriously attempt at making any sweeping statements. Feature, not a bug, etc etc

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