S. DARKO A Donnie Darko Tale DVD Review — Hunter reviews the sequel to Donnie Darko. Without director Richard Kelly’s involvement
Written by Hunter M. Daniels
I used to think that Donnie Darko was a mediocre film with a great casting director. The cinematography was solid and the dialogue was well above par, but most of the film made little to no sense, a problem that the Director’s Cut strangely exacerbated by explaining everything to death.
Richard Kelly’s biggest problem is that his scripts and films feel like they are made on a template. First you take a pseudo-intellectual text, something obscure, but not so obscure as to alienate hipster kids. Something you might find in a second level college lit class. Robert Frost and The Book of Revelations for Southland Tales, No Exit for the upcoming, The Box,* and of course Watership Down for Donnie Darko**. Then you add on some Tarantino-esque pop culture jargon. Discussions of Smurfs, or porno-chic, …