Donnie Darko [2001] Movie Review Recommendation

Donnie Darko [2001]

In the middle of this huge wave of commercial blockbusters with explosions, guns and drugs, Donnie Darko appeared out of nowhere and defined the following decade with its strange style. This is basically a very weird coming-of-age movie that went a few steps further and tried to realistically present us the jungle that is our life. Especially if you’re young and just figuring out what the fuck is going. Because the movie is so ambiguous and can be interpreted in dozens of ways, people were getting really creative in their efforts to understand and explain the story. I vividly remember friends explaining what is really going on, only to change their opinion completely a couple of months later. The honesty, almost childlike, along with the huge range of emotions made viewers much more receptive and intrigued by the film. Blurring the lines between reality and fiction, we are forced to question our own views and beliefs.

Donnie Darko [2001] Movie Review Recommendation PosterMeet Donald Darko, a troubled teen living in the suburbs and trying to figure out life. His quest takes a strange turn when he hears a strange voice and wakes up. After he went outside, he was greeted by a huge rabbit-like creature who informs him that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. This sets off a series of strange events that will take him on a journey of a lifetime.

You have to be in a special mood for this movie, otherwise you will think that it’s not that good, but it is. Yes, it’s got that troubled adolescent thing, and the effects are average (not bad, just average) but the story is just amazing, it will blow you away and force you to watch movie again and again to figure it out. I mean bad bunnies, airplane crashes, time travel, god, Jesus Zombie Christ it`s complicated, but that’s the thing about this movie and that gives him cult status. Check it out, if nothing else you will see young Jake Gyllenhaal along with his older sister Maggie Gyllenhaal making their way to fame. Donnie Darko was also the first feature film for our man Seth Rogen and his first line was: “I like your boobs”. Classic Rogen.

In the end, after all this praise, there is one thing that needs to be addressed. The end product is not the thing that Richard Kelly, a first time director/writer set out to create. You can see the complex structure with twists and turns, slowly collapsing under its weight, but this exactly what’s the best thing about this movie. It’s like real life where everything is jumbled and unresolved for the most of the time.

Director: Richard Kelly

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Fun Stuff: During conversations about sex with his therapist, the script had Donnie’s fantasies be about Alyssa Milano. This had to be changed to Christina Applegate due to legal reasons.


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