Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
The film feels like a collision between a John Hughes teen comedy and a David Lynch freakfest.
What remains unchanged is the realization of just what a superb actor Jake Gyllenhaal is.
It's a dreamlike, intuitive movie that has much to say about life and death and points in between.
Contains about 10 additional minutes and is as fabulous and enjoyable as ever.
Oddly not as good as the theatrical cut.
Audience Reviews for Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Quite a revelation. A must-see.
I love the directors cut even more then the theatrical version. this movie is funny, wierd, orginal and much more. this is one of the best films ever made. A
Richard Kelly revisits his cult thriller Donnie Darko with a Director's Cut that tries to offer a clearer vision. Inserting excerpts from "The Philosophy of Time Travel," the story gains a more structured format; as sections of the narrative are categorized by the element of tangent universe time travel that are being focused on. There are also hints of an observer that is overseeing this correction of the tangent universe. But these observer scenes feel out of place and clash stylistically with the tone and look of the rest of the film. Another unfortunate change in this cut is the soundtrack, which is less evocative and organic. Also, the addition of more dialog and voice-over scenes for the Frank character causes him to lose some of his mystique. But for the most part, the performances and storytelling are especially strong and compelling. Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut succeeds at clearing up some of the ambiguity and mystery of the theatrical version, yet in doing so part of the film's allure is lost.
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