Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko ★★★★½

"Donnie Darko. What the hell kind of name is that? It's like some sort of super hero or something."
"What makes you think I'm not?"

When I first watched this film in the ninth grade, I thought it was weird and confusing and I didn't really know what to make of it. Many years and rewatches later, I still think it's weird and a little confusing but it has become one of my favourite films. Richard Kelly perfectly blends together dark comedy, with science fiction, horror, and drama to create a remarkably unsettling atmosphere that completely immerses the audience. The narrative he weaves is deep and complicated, and very much rewards rewatches with subtle hints that were not made apparent on the first viewing. The only complaint I have is that the beginning feels slightly rushed and a little too blunt, which is at odds with the rest of the film's more subtle approach. However, this is a necessary evil as the exposition it provides serves as a prerequisite for the rest of the film. And since this one flaw is so minor and occurs so early on in the film, it is easily forgotten by the time the epic conclusion is reached.

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