S Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (Widescreen)
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My friend was damn wrong.
S. Darko is a sequel, like Troll 2 or the Second World War. The direction is hopelessly one-note and plagiaristic, the dialogue is reminiscent of a TV spot for Calvin Klein cologne, and the story is less a sequel, and more an accidental anthology of mini sequels, each sucking a little harder than the last.
Remember the pensive sequences in Donnie Darko where they'd show a time lapse of cloud cover, or morose suburbanites living out their lives to a somber soundtrack? Well, this movie does, and is considerate enough to include 50 or 60 shot-for-shot reproductions of those scenes for those who might've forgotten. With the bulk of the movie thus out of the way, the remaining running time is filled with multiple time travels that are impossible to care about, because they're established, abandoned, and picked up again like a relay baton in the Special Olympics.
Also, the principle relationship between Sam and her idiot friend is painfully bad. You know the one: lifelong friends who have been forged in the crucible of adolescence to become blood sisters. A bond so close that they can only communicate their intimate connection through the following dialogue:
Girl 1: "We're perfect together."
Girl 2: "Immaculate."
I am not making that up. That back and forth happens at least three times.Read more ›
These great ideas, unfortunately were poorly executed. Here's why I think this way:
1. As I have watched Donnie Darko, I have certainly wondered what it was like for Frank the Bunny. He was the second most important character in Donnie Darko but we know virtally nothing about him. So I could certainly understand why someone would want to write a movie from this perspective. I think the reason it was so poorly done in the movie is because the idea that Samantha Darko would be the Manipulated Dead is just downright stupid and illogical. The Manipulated Dead should have been a completely different character.
2. Continuing the tale from Samantha Darko's perspective is brillant. Why? Because she would have found the book The Philosophy of Time Travel. She would have been motivated to find out why her brother had this book and what the book meant. She could have tracked down someone who knew Roberta Sparrow, leading her to Iraq Jack. Then Fisher (the director)could have explored Roberta's back story like he said he considered doing in the special features on the DVD. Perhaps Corey could have still been a part of it. A friend occupying her on her journey trying to run from her past, while Samantha was trying to find information so she could understand hers.
3. And while these two young women are trying to deal with their past, Samantha meets Iraq Jack (and some of the towns characters. A few of them were nothing but filler in this movie.).Read more ›
Donnie Darko is a brilliant movie because it takes surreal elements such as Fred, the life paths, and time travel, really introduces and justifies them to the audience, and then uses them to tell a compelling story with a beginning, middle, and end. This film incorporates the life paths, but to no particular purpose. They get one character from point a to point b, and that's it. There is no reason for them to even be included.
The time travel/sacrifice "bit" that absolutely made Donnie Darko is used again, not once but twice. I might excuse it if it were to save two different people, but they were both for Sam. Not that she wasn't lovely and compelling, but really. That just seems greedy. The worst part, though, is that the second "rewind" brings us back to a status quo with a little boy dying of starvation in a cave. No good movie ever, ever ends with children dying cold and alone.
Nothing, in short, is resolved. The two friends don't even make up; Sam returns to a family situation that is only making her miserable, leaving Corey to "crash for something like ever" in the middle of nowhere. Both of their projected futures are incredibly bleak. Perhaps Corey is meant to find some kind of happiness with Randy, but if she were, I think it would be indicated earlier.
Speaking of Randy, why does he even exist?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for this movie to capture the somber magic that was present in the first one, don't waste your time. This is a hollow imitation of the first installment.Published 7 months ago by Reynald Geoffrey
I don't understand why people don't like this sequel I personally thought that this movie was awesome. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jose Knight
Obviously not as good as the first but I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend it to any Darko fans.Published 10 months ago by Rachel
The original will always be better, this sequel was alright for the trippy factor.Published 11 months ago by Lebelula
Could not find this movie anywhere finally found it and it was awesome as alwaysPublished 13 months ago by shelby
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|Richard Kelly said never||
Hard not to be biased, watched it last night DD is a modern classic no question and I enjoy it now and again. I found that the sequel at worst makes a few fatal choices, and at best is really inconsequential eye candy/homage.
Like alot of part 2s ill advised but a guilty pleasure in an odd way...
May 14, 2009 by Phantasmagoria | See all 3 posts
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