Richard Kelly's debut was a failure on release that was rightly discovered by the home viewing market and established it as a cult classic and influence. The scripting was excellent and actually improves with re-watching. Casting was exceptional with many of its young performers previewing the work to come. The film's Mobius strip style framework is quite brilliant with its mix of time travel and teen angst.
After hearing countless things about this film, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not the masterpiece some say it is, however not the utter bullshit others have told me it. A friend of mine once called it a "middle school David Lynch movie" which it sorta is but that didn't restrict my enjoyment of it. Would definitely like to watch it again eventually. Loved the scenes with Frank, he was my favorite bit
Harmless fun, but there is a high risk of pseudo - Intelligence if you read too much into it. Without souding snobby, it is a great "Teenagers introduction to surrealist cinema" ... usually films like this get young people interested in the alternative cinema world, so that gives it extra brownie points.
This was my favorite movie in high school, but I hadn't seen it in a long time. I was worried it wouldn't hold up.....but it totally did. It's almost perfect. It is loaded with details and the shot design really is great. It adds up to this inexplicable feeling, perfectly personified in that brief moment when Drew Barrymore and Noah Wyle say, "Donnie Darko." "I know!" I loved it just as much now as when I was 16.
good pace, mysterious and thought-provoking. the curious ending and the unnecessary special effects are some of the few dissapointments. overall, an ambicious and very interesting indie film with a great soundtrack and good performances