Donnie Darko is undoubtedly one of the weirdest and most confusing movies I have ever seen. This is an indie film about a schizophrenic high-school boy who is told that the world will end in 28 days by a demonic rabbit named Frank. Now, that’s a very interesting premise, and it could’ve been a really good movie, but it’s weighed down by an unclear pretentious script, and dumb unnecessary ponderous moments.
The plot of this movie is very hard to understand, but not because it’s overly complex. The plot is so hard to understand simply because the movie just does such a bad job of explaining everything. After I finished the movie, I had to look up what it was about. Apparently, a lot of the plot is explained in the director’s cut, which I didn’t watch, so maybe that’s my own fault. Despite the plot, the movie kept me going all the way until the ending, which is completely awful. The movie falls apart at the end and wrecks what little good there was in the overall experience.
This movie does have some redeemable qualities, Jake Gyllenhaal is very good in this movie. He really sells Donnie’s deteriorating mental state, and makes the character almost scary to watch on screen. This movie is also very scary. The demon bunny Frank was a creepy character for me, but I’m scared easily by movies so others may not think the same.
Overall, this movie could’ve been much better if it just got rid of it’s pointless messages and made itself clearer. This movie has themes of death, and teenage perversity that just don’t go together very well. For some reason, people consider this one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. I have no idea what they are talking about. Despite this, Donnie Darko is still worth watching for Jake Gyllenhaal’s stellar acting, and the fact there’s a demon bunny in the movie.