Classic Thoughts: Donnie Darko

Here it is. After eight years, I still consider this to be my favourite all-time film. I credit this film for helping to develop my interesting in analyzing film, which eventually resulted in me going to take Film Studies in University.

I was interested in the film ever since it was recommended by the IMDb ever since it’s release in late 2001. However, I was disappointed about how the film never appeared theatrically in Canada and I did not finally see it until I rented it the next summer.

It will be an understatement to say that the film has a confusing narrative. However, the confusion turned to intrigue as I found myself compelled to not only watch the film over and over again, but also look up websites on the film to find explanations for the plot.

Donnie Darko is a nice little sci-fi film that you will either end up loving or hating, depending on how much of yourself you put into the film.

That said, by all costs, avoid the cash-in sequel just released on DVD yesterday (which I still won’t name).


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).