Writer, director, visionary, Richard Kelly made Donnie Darko what it is today - a magical film that inspires and entertains on every viewing. For a first time filmmaker, the direction and innovation of Donnie Darko is stunning and for a debut feature, highly admirable. I could go on for hours about each little thing that makes Darko so perfect from Kellys point of view, but I dont want to bore you all, here's a brief list instead, all of which come back to Kelly's genius.
2. The Dinner Table Scene
After those first crackling echoes of thunder (the calm before the storm) and the introduction of Donnies family, the dinner table scene soars in. Its a comical opener, a poignant taster of whats to come. Real life brother and sister, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal bicker at the table, and the infamous line You can go suck a f*ck is uttered. Politics and Donnies medical issues slide into the dialogue. Its a bitter sweet family moment, with laughs a plenty and hooks everyone into the film on first viewing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-Oa-qlz2AY
3. Mary McDonnell
Playing Donnies mother with theatrical excellence, its an understated role. McDonnell seems to float around the piece, with a very laid back, hippy vibe to her performance, yet theres real heart in her acting. She stated that the final scene was tough to do, as there was no real pay check to focus on. Its a great testament to an actress who did it for purely the love of a wonderful script and for the art of cinema itself.
4. Frank The Rabbit, An Icon In The Making
We first meet Frank on one of Donnies many sleepwalking misadventures; hes stood by a golf bunker in his grey rabbit suit. The iconic bunny tells Donnie when the world will end and saves him from an aeroplane engine, busy night huh? Yes its a crazy plot, but hey you gotta love it. The rabbit continues to appear to Donnie in a dreamlike state, and as you well know the fun just never stops. Its an artistic dream, a vision which both epitomises the film and signifies anything related to it, a masterpiece of cinema.
Sam Darko: Why do I have to sleep with Donnie? He stinks. Donnie Darko: When you fall asleep tonight, Im gonna fart in your face.