Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Angst: Teen vs. Gastrointestinal

A re-view from a new viewer. Perhaps a Prozac nation should pay attention.

Comments

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Ned Vizzini never ceases to amaze. His writing is great, even when describing a movie that is nearly impossible to describe. What more can I ask for? I love Donnie Darko, and I love Ned Vizzini.

One thing that completely changes some of the aspects of Donnie Darko:

The pills were placebo. The director meant for it to be like that. Watch the deleted scenes, that completely changed the movie. The pills being placebo changes almost every aspect of the film. Great review though…

Posted by SpideyFreak on 09 Sep 04 at 08:24 PM
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How do we know, beyond a doubt, that the pills were placebo? Where is this explained in the deleted scenes?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09 Sep 04 at 09:22 PM
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Listen to the DVD’s audio commentary by writer/director Richard Kelly.

Posted by SpideyFreak on 09 Sep 04 at 10:55 PM
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I liked the movie overall, but I wasn’t too fond of the end. It didn’t make too much sense why he had to die. Things happened that wouldn’t have happened if he had lived. If he had died they wouldn’t have found out about the perv, if he hadn’t died the girlfriend would have died. I don’t see how he couldn’t save the girlfriend if he had lived. Didn’t make much sense, but for some reason I was really drawn to it and loved it. I really think the director had an awesome sense of direction when he directed this film.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06 Nov 04 at 01:31 AM
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Personally, I don’t think the film makes a bit of sense.

A million stories begin but none finish, or even advance beyond an opening. There are no characters, only cameos. Gyllenhal wanders through the film with chipmunk grin and “knowing” look on his face, but there is nothing to know, which makes the viewing of this film all the more frustrating.

The film promises everything and delivers nothing. I believe Americans refer to this as “a gyp”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 19 Nov 04 at 08:47 AM
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If Frank says “they are in great danger,” referring to why he made Donnie flood the school, and alluding to the children, who were apparently in harms way because of Jim Cunningham’s secret life - why would Jim Cunningham live in the end? Wouldn’t Frank want Jim to die so he could no longer molest?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 26 Dec 04 at 12:17 AM
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Hİ EVERYBODY WHO ARE FUN OF DONNIE’S. HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS TO YOUR PROBLEMS CHECK IT OUT
1- THE GATE OF GOD : THE PATH THAT U MUST TO FOLLOW İS (FAITH) ENDS WİTH DEATH .THE GATE OF GOD İS THE GATE OF DEATH
2-WHEN U LIVE U FOLLOW A PATH AND WHEN THE END OF YOUR LIFE HAVE ARRIVED THE GATE OF THIS PATH WILL OPEN
3- WHEN U PASSING THROUGH U FOLLOW THE GATE OF DEATH AND WHEN IT ENDS U ARRIVED TO PLACE OF GOD

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 18 Jan 05 at 04:55 PM
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What is the significance of Frank being a bunny?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 27 Jan 05 at 02:22 PM
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I’ve seen Donnie like 4 or 5 times, both the extended and the original. And I’ve watched the directors commentary (on the original). To hear the commentary is really interesting, ‘cause he Kelly actually tries to explain what the film is - and I’d never caught on to his explanation. Does that make Donnie Darko a bad movie? Not in my opinion.

Donnie Darko is a terrific mood-piece to me. I may not understand the movie completely, but I really enjoy it and it’s an exhillarating ride. What more can you ask for? (Okay, a lot more, but as entertainment goes, Donnie is up there with the best.)

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 25 Mar 05 at 10:13 AM
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Like most people who watch DD, I tried to work out what was going on rationally, and always there was something that didn’t fit. I gave up in the end and assumed that the writer wanted to just mess with people’s minds. But now, the explanation which satisfies me the most is that the whole thing is just a dream. Okay, bear with me…

Donnie is mentally ill, lets say some form of depression. He decides to take his own life; an overdose before he goes to bed. As he lays there, he justifies his actions by coming up with the story that we watch.

I’ve almost been in that position myself. Everyone is saying “things will get better”, and “something might happen tomorrow which could change your life entirely”, and “if you kill yourself, it will harm your family”.

So, he imagines a scenario in which even if he met the girl of his dreams, she and his family would still be better of without him… well, they would be alive. He justifies taking his own life to save others.

The only bit that we see for real is towards the end when he is in bed, laughing quietly to himself. From this perspective, it’s a very empty, sad film. But the saddest thing is that somewhere, right now, someone is seeing their own version of it, just as they breathe their last breath.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 16 Aug 05 at 05:26 PM
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My personal explanation: “Donnie is a young man who experiments sexual pulsions. About that matter, his parents -specially Rose- are naïve at best. The mother prefers Donnie attending therapy more than confronting sexual growth in a chat. She pays another woman -Dr. Thurman- instead. The therapist is friendly and Donnie reveals her some of his fantasies. It’s possible that Donnie is feeling some incestuous impulses to his sister, since he hasn’t had real experience with girls. In Director’s cut Elizabeth asks him about Gretchen while carving a pumpkin and is curious in the Halloween party when Donnie goes upstairs with Gretchen. This may suggest Elizabeth takes some kinda control over Donnie’s sexuality in the same way the matriarch of the family does.
Donnie endures all this family control only in his subconscious, but he isn’t capable of admitting it. Only in the first dinner scene he gets rebellious remarking desdainful comments to his sisters and insulting his mother afterwards.
His search of sexual realization is giddy, leading him to a classical teenager schizo process culminating in the monster shaped bunny: Frank. The bunny is the real Elizabeth’s boyfriend, equalling him in his psyque as a sexual rival. However, the external form is devoid of human attachments, only a grotesque suit, maskering his guilt. This also would explain his sudden way of asking Gretchen to going out with him, ‘cause his desire is so intense. Evidently Gretchen is the perfect girl, ‘cause she comes from a disfunctional home and hides herself from a violent male patriarchal figure. She is an angel to Donnie’s eyes in cause of her romantic behaviour but most definitively by her sexual freedom, which separates her from the other scholar girls Donnie has met. Gretchen stops Donnie’s advances in a scene showing him that an emotional contact must be involved in their future sexual relationship too. The smurfette lecture reveals us how important sex is for Donnie: for him life has NO MEANING without sex. When Donnie and Gretchen culminate their union, they are happy and isolated from society, so society is now ready for punish them. Donnie’s hysteria makes him to run away with Gretchen, but the tragedy will appear when Frank -the evil reflector of American matriarchy and its inherente obscenity (repression)- ends killing her. Donnie prefers awakening dead than surrending to the dominant point of view of the society”.

Posted by kendra on 07 Aug 06 at 08:18 PM
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the whole movie was real and Frank and Gretchen were actually dead (remember at the end when that big bunny ran over gretchen and then donnie shot the bunny?) so they both died at the end of the movie. Now frank comes back with more knowledge (there’s a reason for that, just type in donnie darko and the philosophy of time travel on google and it will explain everthing) and he’s in a bunny suit because he died on halloween wearing a bunny suit.

to mark:
this could be it, but the amount of detail and the time travel rules and such don’t add up but everybody has their own interpretation i guess.

there is a logical explanation!! it’s the time travel one which was the entire point of the movie. i think that the director also wanted people to use their imaginations a little but there is in fact a real story to it.
type in donnie darko the philosophy of time travel explanation on google and everything will be answered.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 20 Dec 10 at 06:50 PM

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