Donnie himself is a basically sweet-tempered often courageous young man who is pathologically terrified of loneliness and the thought of spiritual isolation. He has a compassionate psychiatrist, who discovers hypnosis is the means to unlock hidden secrets. Jake Gyllenhaal, a relative unknown, delivers a subtle yet emotionally charged performance as Donnie himself - the scene in which he tells his psychologist of his various childhood traumas is made both funny and moving by the haunting way in which Jake delivers each line, contrasted with the almost childish qualities of his movements on the couch. Extremely well written with believable characters speaking believable dialogue. Donnie has a friend named Frank - a large bunny which only Donnie can see. In fact, each frame speaks to us on more profound terms than the majority of arthouse films would claim to do. After reading a few rave reviews for the movie, I decided to check it out to find out what all the fuss was about.
I first saw this on cable tv. There is nothing that can be said to properly praise his performance. People will either love it, or despise it with all their heart. Hilarious, heart-rendingly sad, terrifying, profound, intellectually stimulating, emotionally absorbing and thematically relevant, this is by far the best movie of 2002. Its the type that leaves you pondering the possibilities voiced by the characters.
. It most certainly is not for everyone, and will probably be cast off by a lot of the movie going public as pretentious, artsy nonsense. This sparked curiosity and dread in Donnie, who also has every other aspect of a teenager's life to worry about. The talent in this film is top notch and even Gyllenhall is just amazing. Drew Barrymore is forgetable, though that in no way detracts from the film. One can only hope that filmgoers will give this little gem a shot and support a true wonder. A great cameo for him.
Of course, this movie far from polarizes its characters indeed, polarization is the last thing this film wants to accomplish and the majority are just a mishmash of the beautiful and the grotesque: Donnie's parents, who are at the same time loving and perpetually confused; the aforementioned self-helper Jim Cunningham, who is desperate to spread the lie that keeps him sane to everybody else; and Donnie's sister, struggling between her identity as an adult and her identity as a child. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events. Sequel upon sequel, photo fit remake upon photo fit remake, frequently taking the box office by storm whilst simultaneously relegating smaller independent projects to the now relatively unheard-of arthouse cinemas. The few who understand what Donnie is going through go largely unnoticed such as his girlfriend Gretchen or a tragically overweight yet remarkable sensitive little girl or unappreciated such as Karen, the English teacher whose only sin is trying to show her students that there is no such thing as a true end. This twisted bunny also informs Donnie that the world will come to an end within the month.
Donnie Darko 2001 Donnie Darko: Donnie Darko doesn't get along too well with his family, his teachers and his classmates; but he does manage to find a sympathetic friend in Gretchen, who agrees to date him. All I can say here is that nothing can prepare you for or adequately describe Frank. When an engine falls off a plane and destroys his bedroom, Donnie is not there. All of these things combine to create a stunning film. Richard Kelly has created an instant cult classic, and perhaps something more than that. Of course the star is Jake Gyllenhaal.
I thought the title was weird, and readied my thumb on the remote channel selector. Donnie Darko may conjure up images of oversized bunnies and watery projections protruding from people's midriffs, yet on an emotional level it is very much human. The movie acts as an illusion to what's really going on, its almost pleasantly distracting. And for all those wishing to know if there's any American Pie-style crudity, sadly not - although at one point we are treated to a rather interesting discussion regarding the sex lives of smurfs. And there are a few chuckles as well. Our main character, Donnie Darko, is a boy suffering from sleep walking, and now what appears to be delusions.
The end of the movie is the part which will make you want to watch it again. If i hadnt known beforehand that Patrick Swayze was in this film I would have been shocked. The remainder of the movie follows Donnie's coming to terms with the ghostly presence of Frank in his life, the purpose of his existence, and the fact that the world will end unless he intervenes. Donnie's mental illness, if such it is, may never allow him to find out for sure. His other companion may not be a true ally. I implore you to watch this movie. Both the event, and Donnie's escape, seem to have been caused by supernatural events.
After the film ends, it's almost impossible to keep yourself from thinking of all the possible way to interpret such a film. The movie has a beautiful aspect especially the end. The scenes dripped with style, yet that style never seemed distracting. Of course, this movie far from polarizes its characters indeed, polarization is the last thing this film wants to accomplish and the majority are just a mishmash of the beautiful and the grotesque: Donnie's parents, who are at the same time loving and perpetually confused; the aforementioned self-helper Jim Cunningham, who is desperate to spread the lie that keeps him sane to everybody else; and Donnie's sister, struggling between her identity as an adult and her identity as a child. His other companion may not be a true ally.
The film proceeds with the feel of a teen flick, the style of a horror, and a plot suited for a fantasy. Contrary to the more critical commentary, there is depth and complexity to the story that kind of requires you to see it more than once. Donnie himself is a basically sweet-tempered often courageous young man who is pathologically terrified of loneliness and the thought of spiritual isolation. He manages to avoid a certain death with the aid of a man in a bunny suit. On a scientific level it will fuel debates for years to come I have already read numerous different interpretations of the ending on the internet but emotionally it transcends the conventions of modern movie making.