Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko ★★★★½

(Theatrical Cut) Strange...

The direction from Richard Kelly is brilliant and the screenplay is quite perplexing and bizarre. There is a lot of unexpected moments that involves sexual references. I found this film as an effective representation of a psychological disorder, as well as don't judge the book by its cover. The twist actually surprised me. There are some moments that are not necessary, but that is a minor issue. Donnie Darko's introduction is pretty good, but Darko's family introduction is not as solid and slightly confusing. The film also questions whether an action is right or wrong. A fascinating plot.

Jake Gyllenhaal is perfect as Donnie Darko and the rest of the cast is wonderful. I actually didn't realise Seth Rogen, Patrick Swayze and Katharine Ross are in this film. Jake's real-life sister, Maggie, is quite incredible!

The film is very dark at times, but it definitely suits the tone of the film. I find the pacing to be perfect and I didn't find any scenes to be boring. The music is foreboding and somehow the songs actually foreshadow what is happening.

This is an interesting film and a film I would like to explore more in the future. Highly recommended!

You can check my modern film reviews below:
1. Slumdog Millionaire HERE
2. Black Panther HERE
3. Bohemian Rhapsody HERE
4. Logan HERE
5. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum HERE
6. John Wick Chapter 2 HERE
7. Pirates of the Caribbean 1 HERE
8. John Wick HERE
9. Hugo HERE
10. 12 Years a Slave HERE
11. The Big Short HERE
12. Life of Pi HERE
13. Brokeback Mountain HERE
14. Mulholland Drive HERE
15. Don’t Look Up HERE
16. Silver Linings Playbook HERE
17. Uncut Gems HERE
18. Memento HERE
19. Room HERE
20. Ocean’s 11 (2001) HERE
21. Annihilation HERE
22. Okja HERE
23. Us HERE
24. Everything Everywhere All at Once (& others) HERE

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