When Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko was released in 2001, no one knew about it. The film made it to cinemas thanks to Executive Producer Drew Barrymore. Barrymore had read the script and fell in love with it, so she did what she had to so Donnie Darko could get made. I would like to thank Drew, because if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have seen the movie that defined my teenage years.
I watched this movie at least once a day, everyday, for nearly a whole year. I could quote it, I memorized the sound track, visited the trippy (and still running!) interactive website. Seriously, if you haven’t gone to Donnie Darko‘s site yet, click that link and prepare to get lost down the rabbit hole for an hour or more. There’s trippy music, government documents that add to the mythology of the movie, and even excerpts from Roberta Sparrow’s “The Philosophy of Time Travel.”
If, after you visit the website, you’re itching for more Donnie Darko, there is a great book on Amazon by Richard Kelly himself. The book contains the screenplay for the film, interviews with Kelly, photos, and much more. It’s fairly cheap used, some going as low as $0.98. It’s a great companion to the film, especially if you’re as obsessed with it as me.
Donnie Darko Back in 4k
Donnie Darko‘s 15th anniversary is upon us, and to celebrate, the cult classic is getting a makeover and a re-release. The 4k face lift comes courtesy of Deluxe Media, and has been approved by Richard Kelly himself.
Unfortunately, this release will be limited to only a handful of theaters. You can see the full list of US theaters that will be showing Donnie Darko HERE. Dates, times, and locations are scattered all over America, so chances are a theater near you will be playing it.
Donnie Darko stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular Donald “Donnie” Darko. His sister Maggie Gyllenhaal plays his sister in the film, and there are many other big names involved. Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, and Mary McDonnell, to name just a few. For those unfamiliar with the film, and weren’t enlightened by the above trailer, here is a brief synopsis.:
Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days 06 hours 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank s maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.
Hope that clears things up geeks! Trust me, it’s an amazing movie, easily in my top 5 of all time. Have any of you already seen this film? Will you be able to see it again when it hits theaters? I’m not going to miss my opportunity! Let us know what you think of Donnie Darko in the comments below!