Sunday, January 22, 2006

Donnie Darko

I saw this movie for the first time this morning. Holy freaking hell! How did I not hear about this back in 2001, when it came out? I realize I was in the midst of a family crisis, but still.

Anyhow, this is the story of a mentally ill teenager who hears and sees a 6 foot tall bunny rabbit, whose instructions lead him down interesting paths, into time travel and a parallel dimension. I'm going to need to watch it over to refine my thinking about the plot. There is quite a lot to talk about regarding mental illness, loneliness, alienation, manipulation, sacrifice, redemption, destiny, and truth-seeking, and there's a killer satire on pop feel-good self-help programs. Jake Gyllenhaal is excellent as Donnie, and, on the DVD cover, he looks a bit like our gentle reader Craig the Filospher. The direction of the film keeps the viewer off-balance, just like the story itself does, and the movie makes good use of music. Very nicely done. Posted by Picasa


Anonymous said...

I'm in love with this movie. So much of this movie was absolutely right on, just a nice story of a "troubled" kid. (By the way, I'm not a fan of the director's cut-- was a little clumsy and took away some of the mystery, and they changed the soundtrack a little. It's almost saved by a couple nice deleted scenes, but these are availabe as extras on the original dvd.)

--the angry m

Randy said...

Angry Dude! I didn't know you read my blog. Welcome!