It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of classic movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Donnie Darko.
This 2004 indie from director Richard Kelly, starring a very young Jake Gyllenhaal, flew under the radar until a legion of cult movie fans fell under its beguiling spell.
The ambiguous adventures of the eponymous teen – who believes armageddon is nigh after being visited by a guy in a creepy bunny suit – follows its own baffling but circular logic, making it the perfect choice for a prolonged debate at the pub afterwards. Are Donnie’s delusions the result of too much lithium, or are the theories outlined in mysterious book ‘The Philosophy of Time Travel’ the real deal?
Both an enigmatic sci-fi thriller and a caustic teen drama, Donnie Darko is a brilliant mind bender. So if you’re new to this cult gem, avoid the more revealing Director’s Cut and acquaint yourself with Donnie and his bizarre world via the Original Theatrical Version.
Four reasons why Donnie Darko rocks
1. The soundtrack, including Echo and the Bunnymen’s Killing Moon, Tears for Fears’ Head Over Heels, and Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.
2. Frank the rabbit – not since The Shining has a guy in an animal costume been used to such disturbing effect.
3. Jake Gyllenhaal – the signs of a superstar-in-waiting are all right here.
4. Patrick Swayze’s hypocritical self-help guru.
Check out STACK‘s other Friday Flick recommendations here.