Monday 28 February 2011

Donnie Darko (2001) - Richard Kelly

I think I understand it.

Or do I?

But that’s the whole appeal of this film.  The complex.  The weird.  The crazy rabbit.
I like a film you can watch repeatedly and still find something new.  Each time I watch Donnie Darko I understand it a bit more.  And a bit less.

The film is based on paradox, time travel and alternative realities, all instigated by an imaginary rabbit, combining the best elements of science-fiction and family drama.  The narrative concerns a teenager dealing with the trials of school, family and girls.  In the process, he has hallucinations of Frank, the imaginary rabbit (or is he?), who warns of the end of the world.  The ambiguity and dark intrigue will have you guessing and second guessing the plot.  And when it ends, you’ll want to rewind and watch it all over again.

I leave you with two words: cellar door.


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