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 ›
Do yourself a favour: go online and read the storyline line complete with spoilers. You will be satisfied with that. Save your $.
If you are a DD cult film fan: It is nice to be able to return to the world and imagine it all being a better story than you are watching. Plus Sam Darko is a real cutey.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't hate it, but, still am loyal to the original Donnie Darko.Published 7 days ago by Jerri L. Collins
At first it looked exotic, but more and more I looked at it, it is so weird like a someone waiting for new world order or something. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stacy
It sucks. I gave it a star just because the leading lady is very hot.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Arrived not seated properly in case, scratched to s***... UnimpressedPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter sam was born on the exact day she died in the movie! 7/1/95 she was kinda freaked out when she watched this! lolPublished 5 months ago by ashley kline
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