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Donnie Darko Director’s Cut

Filmbrain says the new director’s cut of Donnie Darko is darker and allows for the interpretation that the whole thing was possibly taking place in the mind of a schizophrenic. When I heard there was going to be a director’s cut released I was hoping this would be the case, because that was my original interpretation when I saw it two years ago, but not everyone agreed with me. And I felt the film wasn’t polished enough to give me enough concrete evidence to really argue that it definitely was intended to be read this way. I saw it the first time with students, and gave my argument in class the following week, and was given a healthy debate from students who loved the film but disagreed with my interpretation. Some even stayed after class to argue more. Then I tried it out on some colleagues, who were much more receptive to the idea. But I still had to admit that there wasn’t enough evidence. I saw the film again a few weeks later with my ARCH ENEMY and after seeing it I was even more convinced that I was right. I floated the idea to him and he dismissed it out of hand. “Nah. He just went back in time.”


So now I am eager to see the director’s cut to see if indeed there was intended to be more evidence that it was all a schizophrenic fantasy.

3 Responses to “Donnie Darko Director’s Cut”

  1. snjoseph
    August 2nd, 2004 | 6:48 pm

    A couple of people told me I should see Donnie Darko, but I got prejudiced against it when it was first released. I was walking out of another movie and there was a big line full of kids decked out in emo gear. I asked Erin, who was also there, what it was all about:

    SNJ: Dang, what are all these cool kids lined up for? Is Catherine Wheel playing in the men’s bathroom?

    EKJ: I think they’re all going to see Donnie Darko.

    SNJ: That bunny movie? Nuts to that.

    This critical method keeps me from doing a lot of stuff, as you might imagine.

  2. cynthia rockwell
    August 3rd, 2004 | 7:52 am

    well as long as you continue to use the expression “nuts to that”, you’ll always be cooler than the emo kids and won’t need to experience their culture.

  3. Donnae'
    April 30th, 2007 | 6:40 am

    Hello my name is Donnae’ but it may be spelt differently but it sounds the same. Any way im 10 and im turning 11 on the 14 of just wanted to know when your birthday is any way please reply from your friend Donnae’