Alexander Welling’s review published on Letterboxd:
"I just hope, that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief...because there will be so much to look forward to."
Donnie Darko is a 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller film written and directed by Richard Kelly. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Stu Stone, Daveigh Chase and James Duval. The film follows the adventures of the troubled titular character as he seeks to find the meaning behind his doomsday-related visions.
I've been a little behind on the film club, having missed 2 previous entries. I will attempt to catch up to those in due time. For now, this week's film was chosen by the lovely Andrea. Please go give her a follow for suggesting a movie I have had on my list for awhile but never got around to it.
When this movie started, I got some PG-13 vibes of American Psycho. Having never seen this movie, it set up a troubled male character who was seeing visions due to his medication. You can see where I'm getting the American Psycho vibe here. What I wasn't expecting was the movie to go ape shit off the wall on a time travel tangent.
Donnie Darko I believe expresses a very really representation of schizophrenia, although as I am not diagnosed I cannot give an accurate detail. But you can tell this was such a 2000's movie. The emo nature of the movie creeping up on your soul as it canvases you in this world of hysteria and delusion, while giving you glimpses of soft racism and cheeky comedy throughout.
I think the ending is what docked points for me. It was overall clunky, messy, and confusing all in one batch. Personally left a lot of holes for me.
The meat of this movie is quite enjoyable with a pleasant Breakfast Club reference, an annoying and comically punchable Mrs. Farmer, and overall, a deep and captivating story into mental illness and mystery I was pleasantly enjoyed with.