I’ve been waiting to do this post for a while now and I figured what better time to do the Donnie Darko post than during the wee hours of the night. There are so many things to say about this movie. I don’t know where to begin.
First of all, title character Donnie Darko is featured in another movie related post I wrote about mental illness in movies here.
The plot of this film is convoluted as hell so here is the basic gist: The movie follows twisted and gloomy Donald Darko through a reality bending and psychologically weird quest to discover the true meaning behind his strange dreams in which a figure in a creepy bunny suit warns him of an impending apocalypse.
Sound good yet?
The reason you may not have heard of this movie is because it was actually released shortly after the 9/11 attacks. No one wanted to go to the movies let alone see something creepy, so the movie bombed in the box office. It was only after it’s special DVD release that it gained it’s “cult” following. This movie is truly a cinematic marvel; there are so many strange and genius things going on at any given moment in the movie. The strange and sort of depressing feel of the movie is combated by a satirical depiction of the stupid suburb he lives in (think the neighborhood from Edward Scissorhands).
Not only is Jake Gyllenhaal fantastic as Donnie, there are a ridiculous number of random actors everywhere in this movie:
Seth Rogen shows up:
and Ashley Tisdale:
and Drew Barrymore:
and Patrick Swayze:
and Jena Malone:
as well as Maggie Gyllenhaal:
Here are some stills of just some perfect cinematography no big deal…
If you haven’t seen this, it’s streaming on Netflix instant watch, so go watch it! If you don’t get it the first time, fans say that the third time’s the charm on this one. You’ll start figuring things out more and more and eventually you will feel great and all knowing and just do it okay.
^^^^^^^BUT I MEAN DAMN RIGHT?^^^^^^^^^^^
*PS: my love for this movie is not solely based on my undying love for Jake Gyllenhaal, just fyi.