A schizophrenic teenager. A bunny rabbit named Frank. Confused yet? I certainly am.
After hearing numerous claims that Donnie Darko is a masterpiece, I had to see it for myself. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Donnie Darko, a troubled teenager that is told by a person (?) in a terrifying rabbit costume that the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. As the movie progresses Frank, the bunny rabbit, tells Donnie to commit a series of crimes without any explanation.
The character of Donnie is much more complex the words “troubled” or “schizophrenic” can describe him. Donnie is a witty and intelligent…smart-ass. Donnie’s witty personality makes the movie not so heavy by adding comedy.
Donnie displays himself as an intelligent individual when his teacher performs a classroom exercise using fear and love. Fear and love, two polar opposites are written on a board; the class is told to write an ‘x’ on the spectrum where the dilemma written on a notecard lies. Donnie replies to this classroom exercise with intellectual thought:
There are other things that need to be taken into account here, like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can’t just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else.
I still have yet to fully understand the overall plot of this movie. Donnie Darko is not only a psychological drama/thriller, but it also includes time travel and tangent universes, a strange mix genres and subjects. Maybe I’ll watch re-watch it a couple more times and write an updated post about my full thoughts.
But for now I’ll leave you with saying that I enjoyed this movie. And although released in 2001, the plot and characters still seem fresh and new.