D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

Finally Saw Donnie Darko

Sunday, May 20, 2007 1:23 AM
After having many people look at me like I had bacteria eat my eyes after telling them I hadn't seen Donnie Darko, I finally picked it up from Best Buy (why rent for 5 $ when you can buy for $12?) and watched it yesterday.

So many people told me that it was this freaky movie and that you'd have to watch it over and over to really "get it". I guess I must be geekier than most (or I've been de-sensitized to the mysteries of time travel because of watching Heroes this year), because it didn't really leave me with too many questions. I mean, yes I'm not sure who the hell Frank...or the appearance of Frank...really was, and they left quite the hole about whether the "messengers" were God or something else...but I think that's more the interpretation of the audience.

One thing you have to do if you've only seen the theatrical release is to rent the DVD or rent the Director's Cut...the point here being that there's a tonne of deleted scenese that TOTALLY  alter the movie...no, alter isn't the right word...enhance is the word I'm looking for.

The whole Drew Barrymore as the teacher thing didn't seem to make a hell of a lot of sense as a subplot in the movie, but when you watch the deleted scenes it expands on what her role with Donnie and the kids is. Same with extended scenes with the doctor, his family, and with Gretchen. In one they have a discussion about whether we should care about other species and whether the death of an animal is just as tragic as the death of a human. Donnie argues that its not because the animal has no concept of death, or that its going to die. In the case of the rabbits, they're just "hungry and horny" (or something like that), so since they don't realize that their life will end at one point, their death is really nothing to get all upset about because they never saw it coming. Gretchen takes him to the woodshed on it. Anyway, great scenes in the deleted areas...

It's also a great movie to revive all those old 80's songs you forgot about (since the movie takes place in '88). i downloaded Head Over Heels by Tears-For-Fears and Voices Carry by 'Til Tuesday this morning...classic!



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