Jen over at Daily Mish Mash is hosting a Movie Madness Blogging Carnival today. Since I love to blog about (mainly bad) movies I have seen, as well as take part in fun stuff, I decided I could not not participate (Did I ever mention I heart double negatives?).
Seeing as I have done quite a few blogs lately about movies that sucked (i.e., American Psycho and the Ruins), let me tell you about a movie I think rocks: Donnie Darko.
For those of you who do not know the movie (how is that possible??), Donnie Darko is a drama/science fiction movie from 2001. It is set in a small town in Virginia, in the late eighties (which makes for a killer soundtrack, with tons of better eighties songs). The story is all about Donnie Darko, a nice but weird (or slightly disturbed) boy who sleepwalks constantly and has an imaginary friend named Frank.
If you actually haven’t seen the movie yet, and you do not like spoilers, stop reading now. If you do not care about either spoilers or this movie, do keep reading.
The movie starts with a jet engine falling from a commercial aircraft into Donnie’s bedroom. Luckily, he avoids being killed by it because obeyed the voice in his head telling him to sleepwalk outside of his room. The voice is of Frank, his imaginary friend who dresses in a rabbit costume. Frank tells him that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds.
Think this movie is weird already? You are right, but that does not make it any less fun to watch.
Besides telling him to sleep walk, Frank also instructs Donnie to flood the high school, and burn down the house of the motivational speaker at school, who turns out to be a pedophile. Luckily it is not all bad crimes and psychotic voices. Donnie gets himself a girlfriend named Gretchen.
He does not have much time to be happy and enjoy being in love, because one night she is run over and killed by a car. And guess who is driving the car that kills his girlfriend? No other than "imaginary friend" Frank, who is dressed in a rabbit costume for Halloween.
It is a good thing Donnie has learned all about time travel. He takes Gretchen’s body and drives to a hillside where a time portal is opening in the sky. Donnie's mother and sister experience turbulence on their return flight home; one of the airplane's jet engines detaches and falls. The engine travels through the time portal to 28 days earlier, crashes into Donnie's bedroom just as at the beginning of the movie.
This time though, Donnie chooses to stay in bed. The story ends on the morning after the jet engine accident. Donnie is dead. Gretchen is alive and rides by Donnie's house on her bicycle. Never having met Donnie, she talks with a neighbourhood child about the sad accident. That sure is one way of showing you love your girlfriend.