Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Donnie Darko

"Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"

Today's thing that I like: Donnie Darko. In fact, it's possibly my favorite movie of all time. Why? Because it's the only coming of age film that also ties in time travel and a six foot tall prophetic man in a bunny suit. Sounds crazy, you say?

Fuck yes it is.

Need more reasons to like this movie? Here's five:

It Requires Multiple Viewings to Understand.

This is not the kind of movie you can take in entirely in one viewing. So much happens and so little of it makes sense at first that it will probably leave you disturbed and confused. But by the third time you watch it, you'll feel everything in the movie fall into place, and man will it feel good.

It's Weird.

Look at that rabbit to the left. Look at it. It's pretty goddamn weird, isn't it? The whole movie is like that. Plus, you get to stare at Frank the Rabbit's lovely mask quite often as well.

The Smurf Speech.

Watch that video and when you're done, tell me with a straight face you don't want to see more of this movie.

Donnie and Gretchen.

The greatest thing about the dialogue between Donnie and his love interest, Gretchen, is that it's all so damn easy to relate to. In the midst of the dark sci-fi chaos of the rest of the movie, there's these awkward moments between the two that everyone goes through, and I love it for that.

The Soundtrack.

The highlight of this film's soundtrack is, of course, the cover of "Mad World" by Gary Jules which you should hear regardless of whether or not you like the movie. Here that is in case you haven't heard it.

The rest of the soundtrack pieces together a perfect vision of the late 80s through awesome post punk and pop music like Echo & the Bunnymen, Joy Division, and INXS.

So in conclusion, Donnie Darko is a well written genre-bending trimuph, and I like it.

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