Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004)
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In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenage is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. October 2nd, 1988: just another ordinary day in Donnie Darko's teen-aged existence. He's taken his medication, watched Dukakis & Bush debate, and had dinner with the family. Then an outrageous accident occurs, which just misses claiming Donnie's life. As Donnie begins to explore what it means to still be alive, and in short order to
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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.
If Kelly felt it necessary to add the new material, that's all to the good. It just means there's more to love.
Oddly not as good as the theatrical cut.
The resulting film reveals an artist who has seriously reflected on his work and carefully considered what to add, what to alter and sometimes what to remove.
Friends and neighbors, this is a Great American Movie.
it cannot be discounted that the substantial supplementary features went a long way towards backing up the film's legitimacy to its ever-increasing population of followers.
Like Being John Malkovich and 2001: A Space Odyssey and too few others, this is one of those mind-melting cinematic achievements.
...in the years since the film was made, the country and the world have become even more divided.... Maybe the movie is more meaningful today than ever.
The longer version ... packs more of a kick and has a grander, gloomier vision: It represents four weeks in the mind of a smart, anguished, lonely guy who doesn't think he's fit to live.
This is the kind of movie that creates friendships among its aficionados.
Richard Kelly's revamped version of his creepy, cool debut is neither a bold revelation nor a bland over-elaboration.
The die-hards will dig it, and those who skipped its initial run should greater enjoy their first trip through the cellar door of Donnie's universe.
Even with additional footage of questionable value, Donnie Darko remains a fantastic midnight at the movies.
A masterpiece of mood...Donnie Darko is made less obscure-for better or worse-in Kelly's expanded director's cut.
Still an exceptionally challenging film...but it's not quite the equal of the one some of us found so extraordinary in 2001.
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