Alex E’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood." - Gretchen
Donnie Darko is my medication.
After watching An American Werewolf in London I was pleasantly surprised with all the psychological aspects of that film so I decided today why not watch another movie that can mess with my mind a bit.
A troubled teenager Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.
Best thing about this movie is how it kept me hooked with every scene and wanting to know what happened next, I love how weird it got and any movie that compliments the movie Back to the Future, has a song by Tears for Fears in it alongside the Mad World cover by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews song will always have me rooting for it.
I enjoyed the aspects of the movie, the psychological mind fucks, the side plots involving the other characters and is very quotable indeed, Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great performance as the protagonist and all the pieces of the puzzle come together in the end.
I think what would make me give this movie a full five stars is if it was longer because I feel like more run time would have helped also some times it did go a bit into the absurd for me especially near the end and I do love the ending I just feel the first and second act are stronger when compared to the third, also this movie fucks with me don't know if that's a bad or a good thing but I really do want to watch it again now to see if I can pick up on anything more.
Overall Donnie Darko is an amazingly crafted piece of cinema and a movie that gives you a lot of food for thought, I enjoyed it throughout and will hold up on countless re-watches which I intend to do in the future (if there even is one for me?).