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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #3

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Donnie Darko


“Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood.”

I’ve been putting off writing this post because I know I won’t do this film justice in one tiny blog post.  Donnie Darko is one of the best films I’ve ever seen, and my personal favorite movie.  If you have any problems with profanities (swearing; sexual references), I don’t recommend seeing this movie.

I chose this film for the beginning of November because it takes place near (and on) Halloween.  The feel of the film is eerie, especially when watching it for the first time.  The trailer gives the impression that it is a horror film, which it isn’t.  There’s not nearly as much violence as the trailer implies, and, personally, I feel that it misrepresents Donnie.

Donnie Darko is incredibly well thought out, as well as brilliantly written and acted.  Jake Gyllenhaal portrays this haunting character flawlessly.  The plot twists and turns, taking the audience on an intense and mind blowing ride.  

The harshness of this movie is what makes me love it so much.  Scene after scene features Donnie shocking the viewer with his brutal honesty.  Donnie is flawed, he is real, he is abrasive.  He is unique.  This film is not like any other film I have seen.  Despite seeing it several times, my way of thinking – my way of living – is repeatedly challenged by watching Donnie Darko.  

There are many people out there claiming to be able to “explain” Donnie Darko.  Everyone who watches this movie has their own opinions and theories.  I think that’s part of the beauty of these sorts of movies.  I don’t want anyone to “explain” Donnie Darko to me, because part of the magic is that I don’t fully understand it all, and I am satisfied with that.


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