jordan’s review published on Letterboxd:
film club week #4
donnie darko isn’t at all a mainstream film, it’s plot description alone is enough to drive off a certain type of audience. i remember watching it months ago, not expecting at all what i got. i was baffled, but most of all frustrated that i didn’t love it as much as everyone else. this is my first rewatch since, and i can proudly say that i now like donnie darko. it’s not a film that underestimates the audience, it trusts them to pay attention and to connect the dots afterwards, which in this day in age with stupid action movies that basically narrate the plot, i found extremely satisfying. is it perfect? no, i don’t think i would call it perfect. some of the dialogue and characters are cheesy and seem out of place, but this film was released in 2001 (the year the fast and the furious was released might i add), so to say that this was ahead of its time is an understatement.