October 17, 2004

Donnie Darko

Sometimes when you are watching a film, you know that you are going to see it again, and maybe a third time. Sometimes you think this because you know the movie is really good. And other times you think this because the thing is so non-linear that it will take another viewing just to get a handle on the story. (What with our usual linear perception, non-linearity takes a varying amount of adaptation -- at least for me.) I knew that I would need to watch Donnie Darko again, maybe in the morning. I want to understand better what's going on here because visually this film is fascinating.

I strongly suspect this is a work of genius.

I just need to see it again to make sure.

From what I could gather, I'm pretty sure that Donnie is schizophrenic. I don't quite get the time-travel thing and its involvement yet. Give me a chance though, no comments until my second shot at it. What I did get is the general aura of foreboding in this film. I did not expect a scary film; rather a sci-fi/fantasy kind of thing. But no, this is the scariness of mental illness, and its accompanying black humor.

Frank is special though. The most frightening aspect. I nominate Frank for Best Fictional Rabbit Of All Time. Far superior to Harvey, Roger was annoying, and Bugs? Forget about it. And the Energizer Bunny never has any lines.

I enjoyed seeing Jake Gyllenhaal's sister play his sister. She's taken "average cute" to an artform.

Yes I look forward to watching this DVD again. I'd rather see the director's cut in the theater, but I think I missed it. Found this for $9.99 at Best Buy. I'm glad we bought so I can watch it several more times.

"I find it kinda funny -- I find it kinda sad,
the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had..."

By the way, the website makes much more sense having seen the film.

Posted by Wayne at October 17, 2004 01:11 AM
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Thanks for reminding me to watch 'Donnie Darko' a second time. I meant to, but eventually forgot. I wonder what I'll think of it. (Right after reading your post I downloaded the Gary Jules song you quoted!)

Posted by: Quack Corleone at October 21, 2004 12:26 PM

That's a nice song. I didn't mention that I thought it excellent they way they knitted the music into the plotline. And the diversity of the musical selections was fascinating. I hope to watch this flick again this weekend sometime.

Posted by: Wayne at October 21, 2004 09:45 PM

I was hoping that the Director's Cut version of "Donnie Darko" was out on DVD, but I can't seem to find any info about it. It looks like it's out in the UK though. I've only seen the original once myself, and was intrigued but frustrated with it. Like you, I need to give it another go to make some sense (is that word I want?) of it all.

And incidently, Bugs Bunny is the greatest wabbit ever ;-)

Posted by: Ken at October 24, 2004 05:35 PM

Yes the I did hear about the Director's Cut coming out. I would love to see it. Due to my experience with the Rings trilogy, I know what an extra 20 minutes of footage can do for a plotline.

C'mon now, did Bugs predict the future?? I remembered later the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. Frank is bigger though.

Posted by: Wayne at October 24, 2004 06:09 PM

this movie was one of the best iv ever watched. im planing on watching it again

Posted by: tommy pacheco at November 30, 2004 06:08 PM

Hands down the best movie I have ever seen. A completely fresh look on what it means to watch a movie. Not a movie by traditional sense this is an intricate web of lifechanging philosophies woven into a realistic setting. Beautiful in presentation and astounding in scope this movie can only be appreciated after many viewings. No review could possibly do this movie justice.

Posted by: Ryan Mark at March 18, 2005 02:59 AM

I think the most enchanting aspect of this movie is Donnie's continuous desire for love. He reaches out for meaning and is baffled at any lack of meaning in our known universe (i.e. LuLu), but all he really wants is for something to love him as much as he loves everything else.

Posted by: Max Maller at March 26, 2005 06:19 PM
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