I went into this flick because a couple different reviews and reviewers
pointed me in that direction. I'm not a critic, I don't waste a lot of
disecting the bad, I prefer to spend time praising the
So I'll be brief.
This movie will probably appeal to the same segment who thought Blair
was original and good. And like Blair Witch this movie is neither. If
opened a sci-fi book in the last fifty years, the concepts touched on are
less than revolutionary, and even the mixing of disparite genres handled
better elsewhere, one movie that comes to mind is SIGNS. Or even the films
of David Fincher, this idea of pieces coming together, of everything
meaning is a capable idea, in the hands of acapable script and director.
An idea that kept running through my head, triggered by certain scenes in
the film, is how derivitive DONNIE DARKO is of better movies. Sometimes an
ambiguous story isn't the mark of a brilliant director, and a witty
sometimes it's just uneven filmmaking. It's just an inability to put on
stage, the ideas on the page. Many reviewers have said, well get the DVD,
because the notes from the book really explain it, and I have to chuckle
softly, because I realize that perhaps a movie that requires crib notes...
isn't really that cohesive of a movie.
People are quick to slam hollywood movies, and praise indie movies, often
simply because they are labeled "indie" movie.
Some hollywood movies are bad, some are brillant. Some Indie movies are
brilliant, and some are... empty. DD is an empty movie. People argue about
Tangent Universes, and Premonitional Dreams, and ultimately if a movie
heart, if you don't care about the characters, who cares what happens to
them? Whether their world ends? And ultimately that's the failing of
Darko, Drew Barrymore mentions apathy, and that descibes the failings of
this flick as well as any.
You don't learn to care for the characters, so why worry about their world
coming to the end? While the director shows capabiity moving the camera,
glaring/cynical looks of the lead [his distuberd/homicidal look maybe?]
after the fourth or fifth glare left me hoping 10 or 12 jets fell on his
Condemn Hollywood movies if you choose, but like most prejudice, you
the good with the bad, because Hollywood at its best, its LAWRENCE OF
ARABIAs, its LION IN WINTERS, its UNTOUCHABLES, its BRAVEHEARTS gives us
works that speak to the heart, and I will take that any day over this new
self-indulgent indie cinema that speaks only to the hubris[That said there
are directors doing great things in the Indie Field, THE SWEET HEREAFTER
popping immediately to mind, a movie that has all the heartrending
energy and interest, that this film lacks].
Donnie Darko like Blair Witch is an exercise, a preamble to a film, that
would make a decent short flick on the Indie Film circuit, but blown up to
feature length, the cracks shown... and the holes become...
** out of ****..
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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..
A Puzzle for puzzled people.
If you are young and dissatisfied with your family, if you do not have
too many good friends, and you are having a feeling that the whole
world is stupid, evil and against you, and you are wishing that someday
you will have some special scientific power to destroy all evil and
save the world..... Donnie Darko is the perfect movie for you.
Its a fairy tale cashing in on introvert teen sentiments! Surreal is
not the right word, Donnie Darko is based on science. Well at least it
has a few sprinkles of unexplained scientific twists here and there to
help you spend a lot of time looking for logic even after the movie is
over. This is an added advantage because you spend money for a two hour
movie, and then wonder and discuss about it for two years. Great deal?
Well, the movie is about a boy who seems a bit retard and drowsy
because of his psychotic medications. He faces his family which is not
too supportive about his confusions about life. He faces friends in
school who are not exactly his type. He faces other grown ups like
teachers and doctors around him who do not have enough intellect to
understand the depth of his mind. And everyone around him is mostly
dishonest, blunt or evil to the core!
Being shy and drowsy, there was not much chance that he could find a
girlfriend. But one day the most beautiful girl in school chooses him
as the cutest guy in class! A perfect dream come true for a troubled
teenage boy! So at last it seems like his troubled life will come to an
end! But not for long....! Soon he will have to play the role of a
knight in shining armor to save his girlfriend's life... and by lying
down on his bed.
The director is smart! He was only 25 when he made this movie. He
remembered his teenage days and the complexes that an average troubled
teenage mind usually has about the grown up world. He totally cashed in
on that. He added some new concept from hypothetical science to make a
few parts of the movie a bit difficult (often impossible) to
understand, so that the viewers do not feel its clich.