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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably original, August 12, 2002
This review is from: Donnie Darko (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Any form of media that makes you think has succeeded in what it set out to do.Donnie Darko is a film that succeeds on every conceivable level. The script is original and entirely unpredictable. There isn't a single bit of action or dialogue, not one frame that can be anticipated. The characters, too, are refreshingly well-conceived and highly unique. And it's a treat to see actors we know well (Drew Barrymore, who also produced, and Noah Wyle) stretch well beyond our usual expectations. There is great humor in this film as well as great sorrow. And, ultimately, it's impossible to say if the entire scenario takes place within the dreams of a brilliant but possibly schizophrenic young man or if, as he so desperately wishes, he has, through physics, managed to reverse time.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a stunning performance as Donnie. Even his body language--incurving shoulders, questioning eyes, uncertain smiles--reveal a vast, searching intelligence. Mary McDonnell gives yet another in a roster of thoughtful portrayals--this time as the despairing mother of brilliant and troubled Donnie, simultaneously loving and hating him for being emotionally beyond her reach. And Jena Mallone is just wonderful, one of the truest, most authentic young actors around today.
This is filmmaking at its best--an adventure for the mind--not to be missed.
Most highly recommended.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2007 11:11:14 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2008 7:37:38 AM PDT
I agree with ken: nice review! You hit on some of the stuff that makes the movie so great: great, well-rounded characters and excellent acting. Sure, the thematic material is profound and moving (in my opinion), but without Kelly's skills as a director, it wouldn't work so well.

Posted on May 27, 2008 9:20:58 PM PDT
EliteLamo says:
awesome review. couldn't have said it better myself

Posted on Sep 20, 2008 11:21:21 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2009 10:02:24 AM PDT
Philip says:
...and yet, people who are NOT idiots have this as the 2nd most helpful review out of 800 odd reviews.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 5:45:47 PM PDT
J. Merrick says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2009 12:00:43 AM PDT
Scarecrow says:
Actually I come here to read a review on the movie to see if it was worth watching. So Mr. Merrick you are quite wrong. Yes the movie was great.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2010 8:35:16 PM PDT
F Fields says:
Many people buy a DVD of a movie they haven't seen.... Many of us are too busy to go to the movie theater. Some of us are adults with responsibilities. As such, we prefer to set our own times to watch films. DVDs are conducive to that, and given how cheap they are, buying an unseen film is hardly a frightening gamble.
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