i love the dreamy ambiguity of the original here but it's been somewhat spoiled by having seen the way too explainy (and theoretically undernourished) directors cut. despite the decade and a bit of relentless nostalgia that followed, this has aged rather well, subtly cast and no pointy pointy look 80s referencing. but like i said, sometimes less is more.
There's an eeriness to this classic that keeps me coming back. The soundscape intertwined with surreal images of Frank and Donnie intrigue me. The time travel gets lost on me, though I love the Back To The Future mention. The chemistry between the Gylenhaal sibs is the right mixture of a '80's John Hughes-like feel with tender sentimentality that is refreshing. Need to watch this many more times!
No doubting the credentials for its teen cult status, this film feels more like a lucky fluke, a strange concoction of seemingly positive features that hide a vast vaccum, a bizarre conundrum. It works well when you buy the idea that something profoundly metaphysical is taking place through a clever twist of mundane reality, exposing some cosmic truth, however this never really happened, no rabbit was ever there.
Too confusing the first time around, and later when re-watching it somehow loses some of the emotional punch, because Donnie becomes more and more of an annoying sociopath. And, while it has some sort of circular, self-referential completeness when you don’t think about it… as soon as you do… the conceit either falls apart or it feels uncomfortable.
Donnie Darko resembles Stranger Things in its atmosphere and mystery. It's brilliant how simple you want to make something you cannot perveive without the perplexity of the dream or the dissociative mind. His power is targeted, his ability is crafted and his misterious is understandable. The way a schizophrenic fulfills its own projections is the same way we're scrambled in this riddle.
A load of old nonsense, but Jake Gyllenhaal is very watchable, and there is some great support. Had to read the film's wikipedia entry to understand some of the plot (some weird editing towards the end), and the reveal is just tedious. Loved the 80s music though, and that rabbit is pretty scary ...
The tale of a young man with serious mental health issues? The tale of a young man figuring out the intricacies of time travel? A superhero story? Richard Kelly's impressive debut feature is all of these things, and more. Jake Gyllenhaal may be the lead, but it would be remiss to not point out the absolutely sterling support, especially from Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, and Mary McDonnell.
the fool who wrote this is G cuz to strive 4 an ideal (in this case, echo bunnymen/halloween party steeze) and it works, is like saying "ima write a song that sounds like EarthAngel" in 2017,and writing AngelBaby.but fuk all of that. first kiss with my ride or die eternal soul was during this movie in highschool (how of the spirit), so that means its in that light and beauty forever & ever so i love it forever & ever
I wish I had seen this movie as a teenager. No idea how it slipped past. But it would've been the best film ever if I had watched it at 17, simply because I saw so much of my old angsty-teenage self in Donnie and his frustrations. Watching it now, I still appreciate it, especially the music and the scenes with Frank. If only you could send a film back in time to remind yourself that you're not alone in what you feel.