anna’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.”
There are 1000s of reviews and theories about what this movie means and what Donnie's journey represents and to me, it shows finding your purpose. That theme has been tackled so much, most of the time by testing a character's passion and their drive for that passion. Donnie Darko covers it completely different and more subtle. It shows finding our purpose through our relationships. How the people around us impact us and how we see the world, how we value the world and our life. We've all met people that make us excited to get up. Those relationships trickle into our perspective on how valuable our life is. This isn't inherently gaining value for ourselves but in many cases (and for Donnie) doing what we can to benefit the other person. That's the purpose that (in my eyes) this movie showed us. When we care and value our life because of others nothing is in our way to fight for the best for them.
I can never and will never be able to describe how much this movie means to me. It just feels like home to me. Every time I watch it I feel like life is giving me a warm hug. This may sound weird in the context of the ending but it always feels like someone telling me, no matter how small you feel you never know who and what’s going to come in your life. It's cheesy I know and it may seem weird and doesn't fit for a lot of people. This is truly my favorite and the most impactful coming of age movie I've ever seen. every time I watch it I'm either on the verge of crying or already crying for the pure love I have for this movie. thank you jake gyllenhaal.