Taylor's Review of Donnie Darko
That was weird. Slightly confusing too. But I really liked the mood of the whole movie. I expected it to be much darker and creepier, since the whole story line is about going crazy and hallucinating about giant bunnies and the end of the world, but it turned out more quirky than anything.
I was especially impressed with the cast. Jake Gyllenhaal, the foxy Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze to really give it that 80s vibe. Even Batman's girlfriend is in it! And holy crap, is that Crazy Steve?! From Drake and Josh?! It is. Instant respect.
I'd been told that the plot of this one is labyrinthine, but I didn't think it to be overly complicated. Bizarre, definitely. Difficult to follow, not really. Some of the finer points to the plot (and the director's meaning for the entire thing) are less clear and might need a trip to Wikipedia to have explained, but you won't miss out on anything major in the first viewing. The best part about the plot is that it's so unpredictable. This is no cookie-cutter indie flick. It's very original.
All that good stuff being said, I wasn't all that moved by Donnie Darko. The script was great, the story was interesting and off-the-wall, the ending was satisfying in its tragedy, but I didn't feel shaken by this movie which so clearly wanted to shake me. That's just me, though. Different for everyone.
Last and definitely least, the special effects could have used a little work. I did just see The Avengers, so I may subconsciously comparing the two.