Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko ★★★★½

"I made a new friend."

Donnie Darko, directed and written by Richard Kelly, is a very confusing film. I mean that in a good way. The story is ominous enough to keep you intrigued but not put off by the movie. It reveals it's layers in such a subtle way (similar to Arrival). Donnie Darko is truly a great film.

Jake Gyllenhaal does wonders playing Donnie Darko. He brings such depth and emotion to this character as well as others he will play following this film. Other cast members do terrific as well.

Some other things I liked about the film. Using the therapist as an exposition tool was brilliant. It is not so obvious that it explains everything to you to a point where it insults the audience. It explains it in a subtle and respectful way. Michael Andrews creepy score suits this film well.

I only have two small complaints. The ending felt rushed, I would've liked a couple extra minutes to explore what the end was trying to show me. I also feel Seth Rogan's character was underutilized and under-explained.

Overall, fantastic film. 4.5/5

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