Chris Stuckmann on Donnie Darko:
Me and the gang actually watched Donnie Darko for movie night way back in 2003 or 2004. (We used to have a movie night back in those days ).
This was before I started up the movie review project on this blog, so I never reviewed it here. But it did make an impression on me. The movie was so incredibly well done, and the atmosphere was great. But it made absolutely no sense!
I kept waiting for everything to be explained at the end, but then the end came, and nothing was explained.
Had I missed something? Did I fail to put together all the clues?
"Either this was one of the greatest movies ever," I said to the gang, "and I just need to figure out all the clues. Or it makes no sense at all and it's a terrible movie."
After I went home, I found out later that one of the gang said, "You know, Joel's really close-minded." The idea was, I guess, that if I couldn't handle ambiguity in my movies, I was a close-minded person.
I don't know. Maybe I am.
Like Chris Stuckmann, I put in my time researching theories of Donnie Darko on the Internet. I've read the usual explanations for what is going on, but I think that the explanation is so convoluted that it was pretty ridiculous. (Not to mention incredibly unfair to the viewer--there is no way the viewer could ever have guessed all that just from the film).