I watched the special director’s cut of Donnie Darko last night and I’m torn now cause I can’t decide which version of the film I like best.
The regular version is more vague and open to interpretation, while the director’s cut makes things very clear about what has happened in the film. Personally I’m inclined to go for the original version because I like how unsure certain aspects of it are. It reminds me of life.
Whichever version people choose they’ll still get the same good story enhanced by some fine acting, especially from Donnie himself (Jake Gyllenhaal). Gylennhaal’s portrayal of Donnie is fascinating, funny and moving all at the same time. It’s the most human portrayal a film character has had in a long time. Here’s the blurb from the dvd box in case someone reading this hasn’t seen this marvelous film.
October 1988 and small town USA is about to witness the end of the world. Troubled, brilliant teenager Donnie Darko is plagued by terrifying visions and must unravel the strange occurrences infecting his school, his home and his life before a horrifying spectre known only as “Frank” can pull him over the edge of his sanity.
This is a film about a lot of things, primarily the way one person can affect other’s lives. It’s best described as It’s A Wonderful Life on acid, and the ending sequence packs more conflicting emotions into thirty seconds than many films manage in their entirity. It’s one of the few films that I’d describe as perfect.