Ian and I went to see Donnie Darko last night. Jesus! What a headfuck. I think I need to see it again just to try to figure out what the hell happened at the end. A film that would be perfect on DVD - a few drinks, a smoke perhaps, and hours of, like, deep and meaningful debate afterwards.
Jonathan described the film as "Back To The Future meets Twin Peaks meets Halloween meets ET meets The Abyss meets Star Trek meets The Last Temptation Of Christ meets Harvey meets Stephen King meets Married With Children meets American Werewolf In London meets..." to which I'd add American Beauty meets Pretty In Pink. According to Amazon.com, customers who shopped for the Donnie Darko DVD also bought Memento, Mulholland Drive, Ghost World and Requiem For A Dream.
It's a teen movie, but perhaps one aimed at those who were teens in the 80s, which is when the movie is set. First-time director Richard Kelly has a bright future ahead of him - I'm sure Hollywood will chuck a lot of money his way, soon.
The film's official site is as odd as the film. You could spend hours wandering around it and still not have the faintest idea what's going on. Plus, naturally, someone's created a test to find out which Donnnie Darko character you are.