June 17, 2009

Donnie Darko

Title: Donnie Darko
Year: 2001
Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone
Music: Michael Andrews (and non-original music)
Distinctions: currently #131 on IMDb's Top 250
Length: 113 minutes
Synopsis: an unreasonably intense teenager is visited by (or hallucinates) a timetraveller in a creepy bunny costume
How I saw it: on video a number of times (used to have on DVD), most recently (rented from Netflix) yesterday
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for story, cinematography and subjective rating) c. 2.9/4 (Good).

It presents itself as a sort of jigsaw puzzle for the audience to solve. For years I thought it was a good movie that I just hadn't figured out yet. Then I found out (from a commentary or some other DVD bonus feature) that the writer/director did not in fact know what was going on. So, it doesn't actually make any sense. Re-watching it yesterday I tried to ignore the puzzle aspects and just enjoy the movie for what it was, but found it impossible. Even knowing there's no solution, I couldn't help trying to figure it out. It's just the nature of the plot; it challenges you to solve a puzzle with no solution. Extremely frustrating.

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