Donnie Darko (2001)

December 27th, 2007 · 2 Comments · Artists



Donnie: Why do you wear that stupid rabbit suit?
Frank: Why do you wear that stupid man suit?

Donnie Darko is number 73 on my [work-in-progress] Favorite Films List. It’s darkly mysterious but not horror–think Time Bandits (1981).

Last night we watched the newly released limited edition with extra scenes with director commentary (on the extra scenes only). This is a must-see for Darko fans. The director, Richard Kelly, lowers his cards enough to reveal exactly what this extremely enigmatic film was designed to symbolize.

Although this might come as a shock, it turns out that Donnie Darko’s medication is actually only placebo sugar pills–so, apparently, all of the surreal events are not merely in his head. A second key note: Kelly thinks of Frank the rabbit as “divine intervention.” Kelly explains in the notes that he wanted the film to “leave room for interpretation” so most, if not all, conversations about God were removed in the final edit.

The only remaining divine intervention clues in the movie are subtle: the movie Donnie leaves to burn the child pornographer’s house down is The Last Temptation of Christ.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • Jennifer

    I think that if the pills were placebos it means that the events are more likely to be in his head.I’ll explain. He shows signs of paranoid schizophrenia. So, he would have hallucinations and delusions. If the pills were real, they should be controlling his symptoms, meaning his symptoms should become better not worse like they do. So if he is having more increasingly real hallucinations ON medication, that may make it more likely that something more supernatural is going besides his current illness.

  • Scarlet Knight

    He was leaving Evil Dead. The last tempation of Christ was also playing, but he left Evil Dead

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