Richard Kelly is not, never has been, and never will be David Lynch. Never
When I began watching this film, it had my full attention. I found it
interesting, I could even relate to the character of Donnie somewhat.
As the film progressed I was disillusioned, I found it harder and
harder to take seriously. And by the end I was really just wondering
how anyone honestly enjoyed this film enough to write an essay on how
great it was. Enough to call it "Spellbinding," "mesmerising,"
"powerful," "brilliant" and all the other labels people stick on their
Yes, personally I hated this film, its attempts to be 'indie,' its
narcissism, and its complete lack of originality and borrowing elements
from far greater films in its attempt to be the next Fight Club. I
really don't see how anyone could call this 'surreal' or 'sci-fi'
either. What also sinks my battleship is that it came out the same year
as Mulholland Drive (a FAR greater film), and all the would-be indie
guys and fat goth chicks gravitated towards the silver medal of
non-conventional film that year. (Not that I'd want them to grab
Mulholland Drive with their dirty dick-beaters anyway, it's just a
demonstration of how ignorant people can be).
I have nothing against people liking this film, as long as they have
valid reasons. And with this movie, they just don't. The reason people
like it is generally because they want something new but don't know how
to look beyond Hollywood. It is slightly different from the norm, and
yes the bunny adds a bit of salt to the same old charade, but at the
end of the day you're left with a mess of a film that can't decide
whether to be a sci-fi, drama, fantasy, surrealist, art-house or teen
movie with a director incapable of making such a retarded combination
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This movie is not very creative. It leaves a lot of key points out, and can be hard to follow at times. Overall, the movie is good, but the ending is a disappointment and leaves many questions. The acting is well done, and the script is pretty good. 3/5 stars..
This was an awsome movie and j would like to see it again .
Excellent film. This & S. Darko are class..
New Wave Darko lives in a mad world
*SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT*
Donnie Darko is a sullen, anti-social teenager. He's in therapy and on
medication. He is plagued with visions of death, doomsday predictions and
giant talking rabbits. Just like most kids from the 80's. As the New Wave
soundtrack blasts in our ears, Darko tries to make sense of it all. Is he
paranoid schizophrenic? Is he a visionary? Will he build a Delorean and go
back to the future? Is he just plain nuts?
"Donnie Darko" is very interesting. I think you would have to be a child
the 80's, (which I am), to fully appreciate it. Was the director Donnie
Darko back in his teenage years? Did he know a Donnie Darko? This story
feels immensely personal. Was he a confused teenager too? It's got Tears
Fears on the soundtrack and "Evil Dead" showing in the movie theater. Time
Travel is an important element of this flick. I felt like I had tripped
through a wormhole back to private school with Darko.
"Donnie Darko" is, for the most part, a mystery. Why is Darko being sent
these orders from the Fuzzy Bunny man? Who is Scary Cottontail? What the
heck does it all mean? Well, here are my thoughts:
*SPOILER ON ENDING* *DO NOT READ ANY MORE IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS
*LAST CHANCE TO STOP READING*
Still with me? OK. Darko is a screwed up teenager. A bright teenager but
screwed up. The smart ones know too much for their own good. They get sad
pretty easily since they can't see the world as simply as others. "Fear or
Love"? So throughout the flick, Darko sees a guy in a rabbit suit telling
him to do violently anti-social things. So we start to write these visions
off as delusions from a warped mind. But then the concept of time travel
introduced. Could the rabbit be from Darko's future? Is he trying to help
him or hurt him? This is (obviously) the mystery to solve.
Darko thinks he knows the exact time he is going to die. The rabbit told
so. Darko is either insane or knows a smart bunny. When Darko has a life
death choice to make, he chooses life. Not his life but everyone else's.
When he makes his final choice and jumps through his wormhole, he lands
in his bedroom. He's seen smiling and laughing in his bed. This was the
first sign of happiness (relief?) Darko had shown during the entire movie.
Maybe Darko wasn't so dark after all. He did some bad bunny things but at
the end of his road, he made the right decision.
I can't recall a movie in which a song so perfectly conveyed the meaning
a scene. The song "Mad World" plays over the end of the movie. It explains
it all. It's Darko's theme song:
"And I find it kind of funny,
I find it kind of sad,
The dreams in which I'm dying
are the best I've ever had.".