Donnie Darko - Movie Review


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  • Joseph R Deschamps
    Joseph R Deschamps 31 minute ago

    “I’m not afraid anymore!!!”

  • Frankie Hamilton
    Frankie Hamilton 6 days ago

    I had to watch this movie a few times to get it's actually about time travel

  • Nate Stern
    Nate Stern 9 days ago

    I just noticed Chris's outfit

  • Jason Strom
    Jason Strom 12 days ago

    Did you say "Philosophy of time travel" is a fictional book?... Does that mean it doesn't exist?🤔

  • Alvaro Rivas
    Alvaro Rivas 12 days ago

    There was and is an interactive website that sort of tied up some lose ends and provided more info, plus the whole philosophy of time travel book

  • icec man
    icec man 16 days ago

    Notorious anyone?

  • mynameajeff
    mynameajeff 23 days ago

    I don't think there is a higher source that the people in the town are following. I believe that there are many time loops,because there is a scene in which Moore and the Physics teacher are talking about Donnie and then smiling without any context. It was as if they knew something. Also I don't like to believe in a higher power or something.

  • Jenn Dear
    Jenn Dear 24 days ago

    I can’t believe this was the director’s first movie.

  • Spidey John
    Spidey John 24 days ago +1

    I just watched Donnie Darko and I am now just trying to process what just happened and the actual meaning. But watching your review, I can kind of grasp the purpose of this movie. But ultimately will take a lot of time and rewatching to understand it more. The verdict is it is a well made movie of the 2000s but the meaning will take time to process

  • Crowded House
    Crowded House 26 days ago +1

    SPOILER: I'm still confused by the ending. Specifically, why is Donnie laughing in his sleep right beforre he dies???

    • Jenn Dear
      Jenn Dear 24 days ago

      Crowded House he knows the plan worked and the right timeline is going to happen

  • éangart vapakp
    éangart vapakp 26 days ago

    You praised it with an A+, me blessed you with a like and as a subscriber.

  • Milt Nation
    Milt Nation 27 days ago

    I just saw the full movie Donnie darko on TVclip. Thank you for the review Chris

  • C.C. 95
    C.C. 95 28 days ago

    Director's cut is an abomination. It hand-holds, and literalizes everything. Plus - it changed all the music. The music cues were perfect in the theatrical - the DC music changes the entire mood for the worse.

  • Eric Orange
    Eric Orange Month ago

    Trash pretentious garbage for teenagers who think it's deeper than it really it
    "You just dont get it"
    No its bad, really really bad

  • tonygreene113
    tonygreene113 Month ago

    For Whom The Bell Tolls...

    IKOYLEGEND 69 Month ago +1

    The sequel is better .

    • BNMB
      BNMB Month ago +1

      IKOYLEGEND 69 ew

  • Christopher Palacios

    Is the movie ok for a kid

    • Jasmine Jewel
      Jasmine Jewel Month ago +1

      Once their age ends in “teen” it’s fine
      I’m 15 and I like it

    • BNMB
      BNMB Month ago

      Christopher Palacios fuck no

  • Lego Fan
    Lego Fan Month ago +1

    Do an analysed video for this

  • AReadingSavage Ben
    AReadingSavage Ben Month ago

    Come home Ryan instantly sometime

  • Mon Mothma
    Mon Mothma Month ago

    If a movie makes you read and think because it's intriguing but you don't fully grasp it, doesn't that make the movie better, not worse...?

  • Gage Bailey
    Gage Bailey 2 months ago

    Honestly watching these videos are so depressing, I have only met one person who took it all in their first time like me and it honestly feel like an acid trip. The more literal you all try to make it honestly kills the movie, the ambiguity is what set's the tone for the viewer. Poets love this. Poe would be proud

  • Nick Paradies
    Nick Paradies 2 months ago

    This was the first movie I ever saw that made me say “huh?” and then go back again and again to try and analyze it and figure it out. I think I was around 12 when I first saw it and it’s stuck with me ever since, now it’s one of my all time favorites. In my opinion though many of tried (and Under the Skin comes close), no one has been able to replicate this movie’s brand of sci-fi weirdness. It really is one of a kind.

  • Stunn the Wombat
    Stunn the Wombat 2 months ago +1

    The first time i watched this movie was with my sister and her partner. It sparked discussions for weeks about science vs religion and the multiverse etc. Great movie that at its core has some very deep concepts and is in my top 5 movies at all times.

  • Alicethewise
    Alicethewise 2 months ago +1

    I love that movie too! Subscribing❤️

  • Necessary Distraction
    Necessary Distraction 2 months ago +2

    Your description of the first viewing of it is dead on. It is also one of my all time favortie movies. I own every dvd and bluray that has ever come out

    SLIMGRIZZY 2 months ago +1

    I used to watch this everyday when I was in high school. Loved it

  • KOS Listed
    KOS Listed 2 months ago +2

    There's No denying the A+ on this movie.... EVER.

  • Chase McAndrew
    Chase McAndrew 2 months ago

    I’ve seen this movie many times, I don’t get it. I don’t understand the movie, I don’t understand why people like the movie. Gyllenhaal and the rest of the cast are good in it, but it’s just so bizarre and strange that I just don’t like it

  • Φραγκισκος Χαλκιαδακης

    One of the best movies ever made

  • Kim B
    Kim B 2 months ago +1

    I dint mind doing the research. It makes you think which I think is a good trope of movies. I still have theories about this story. I loved it! The music!

  • EonHSD
    EonHSD 3 months ago

    This was the movie that got me into movies.
    I watched it about 15-20 times, have it on both BluRay and DVD and everbody i get to know has to watch this movie with or without me lol

  • liza Estevez
    liza Estevez 3 months ago +1

    donnie darko and 2001 a space odyssey have the same tones that they are both cold and mind blowing when you watch it

  • Ray
    Ray 3 months ago +1

    overrated movie.

  • Autodidact Grow
    Autodidact Grow 3 months ago

    Searching out what really happened in the film is what brought me to your channel a year ago. I never thought that I would enjoy watching someone review a movie.

  • Drew Arnold
    Drew Arnold 3 months ago +1

    *cough*bunny monsters*cough*

  • Zac Spearman
    Zac Spearman 3 months ago

    Kelly wrote and directed this when he was 25/26. Wunderkind.

  • wayne smalls
    wayne smalls 4 months ago +1

    so sorry, MAD WORLD ; Gary Jules. . . peAce

  • wayne smalls
    wayne smalls 4 months ago

    why oh why is it set during the month of October, especially on or about HALLOWEEN? Tell me the true meaning of this, please. Plus, You did not even bring up the Tears 4 Fears song done by Whoever that guy is and it is one of the best scenes in the movie. Watching it now . . . peAce

  • Willy Espinoza
    Willy Espinoza 4 months ago

    This movie is confusing and makes no sense, but Im giving it an A+. OK???!?!

  • Golden Goose
    Golden Goose 4 months ago

    One question....where was donnies dad at the end? They never showed him with donnies mom and little sister in LA, and they imply hes not around at the end since donnie and older sister throw a party.

  • Golden Goose
    Golden Goose 4 months ago

    Easily my favorite film of all time

  • Xda 3500
    Xda 3500 4 months ago

    I Agreed

  • Dave Richards
    Dave Richards 4 months ago

    I remember my first viewing of dd. I rewatched it immediately. Gotta rewatch this many times over.

  • ALLinALL-Good
    ALLinALL-Good 4 months ago


  • Arquimedes Quintero
    Arquimedes Quintero 4 months ago

    The first time I watched it I didn’t understand it but somehow felt like a liked it a lot. After watching it again and searching explanations I’ve come to love it a lot.

  • 90S Eurodance, Eurohouse and bubblegum dance songs

    i don't know how i finish watching whole movie it was boring stupid and what was that with the bunny it wasn't funny and it wasn't scary it was simply stupid like the rest of the movie. but that's just my opinion

  • Craftsman Sheng Can we get 10K Subs

    please watch a Tree of Palme

  • DiscountGeek
    DiscountGeek 5 months ago +1

    So you take the time to get deep into Donnie Darko to look through its confusing premise, but not look deep into Disney's The Lone Ranger and its themes?
    Disney may make fun straightforward movies and such, but The Lone Ranger was way more than that and you misunderstood it like how you did Donnie Darko the first time you watched it. Damn.

  • Robert Burns
    Robert Burns 5 months ago +1

    My favorite movie

  • Danny Long Legs
    Danny Long Legs 5 months ago


  • Daniel DeVito
    Daniel DeVito 5 months ago

    That movie was a COMPLETE mind f*ck... lol

  • Sam Ashkenazy
    Sam Ashkenazy 5 months ago

    I read a theory that Frank is showing Donnie a vision of what the future would bring dealing with the onset of paranoid schizophrenia. That's why at the end, it cuts to him laughing in his room because I think he's cynical about it in some ways and sees his options as a lose/lose. The whole movie takes place on the night of Oct. 2nd right before the plane falls into his room and Frank travels back in time and by doing so I think accidentally causes the plane crash(?). This theory is supported by the fact his family, friends, and therapist, are all aware he is medicated and is being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

  • HankaHail
    HankaHail 5 months ago

    Thank you so much for this review, Chris. I just watched Dannie Darko for the first time. After ending I was like: What the fuck was that? I liked it a lot, I´m not exactly sure why, but WTF? I felt like some puzzle pieces were missing and you put some of them to the right place. But as you said: I need to do my homework.

  • XanetosVolkova
    XanetosVolkova 6 months ago

    Like the review but I feel like you have to have a really high IQ to like Rick & Morty.

  • Clover Brinley
    Clover Brinley 6 months ago

    100% one of my all time favorite movies!

  • waki
    waki 6 months ago

    You didn't even understand the movie.
    Donnie Darko is a movie about the rebel that lives in each of us, and it's regrets in afterlife for the undone things. Donnie is fucking dead the whole movie, and girl doesn't even know him, but he probably saw her but never met her.

  • Sam Geuvenen
    Sam Geuvenen 6 months ago

    There is a strange paradox in this movie in that Frank is the one who saves Donnie from the jet engine, but everything he does after that is what leads to the jet engine going back in the first place. Which means that Donnie is only alive due to the actions of a time traveler, but the thing that killed him is the product of the same time travel incident, so if the only way to stop him is to go back and die... well, it is very odd

  • Jennifer Poole
    Jennifer Poole 6 months ago

    In my opinion, it’s bad. One, it got boring.
    And two, Donnie is a jerk. I don’t like his attitude and personality.
    I tried to give the movie a chance. But it’s just not good.

  • 고추빈
    고추빈 6 months ago

    So frank is one of the manipulated dead and he purposely(dont know if that word is accurate) ran over gretchen in order to get shot by donnie so he can go back in time to save donnie from the jet engine? Pls i need help

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jones 6 months ago

    I'm surprised you're not bringing up Drew Barrymore phoning it in. Her acting is MISERABLE.

  • Nerd Cave
    Nerd Cave 6 months ago

    you should have analyzed it.

  • Lily Brine
    Lily Brine 6 months ago

    I bought a full fucking Donnie darko bunny suit off amazon

  • Bekah Basically
    Bekah Basically 6 months ago

    Gosh I really, really wish I liked this movie. But, I had the horrible experience of watching it when I was in a pretty bad place in my life where everything was going wrong and nothing was making sense that this movie only helped to reinforce that belief. It sounds really dumb and this was only a few years ago that this happened, but the movie honestly made me feel like a lot of stuff in life didn't matter and when the ending happens, I was mortified and for many nights couldn't sleep. This could all attest to the fact that I was contemplating certain things and it just reinforced that. I think maybe the movie is really, really good, but I wouldn't want to go back and rewatch it because I would never want to go back to that state of thought that I had previously.
    And, honestly, I don't think anyone should watch this if they are in a vulnerable place/are depressed/are thinking about suicide. These kind of films and not good to watch also if you've experienced some kind of trauma in your life. This is a warning, because it took me a long time to get over this film and, as I said, it may be a perfectly fine film on the surface. Just don't fill your head with things that you don't need.

  • Flute Løøps
    Flute Løøps 6 months ago

    I watched this movie for the first time last night, from midnight to 2 am. At the end I wanted to scream, it was literally so good. Like, I love movies like that and The Sixth Sense. It kept me awake thinking in bed for another hour.😂

  • Jetto
    Jetto 6 months ago

    Yeah like my FREN SAID.
    U will DIE n will LIVE THIS LIFE AGAIN.

  • Das Man
    Das Man 6 months ago


  • Jonathan Gibbs
    Jonathan Gibbs 6 months ago

    Hopefully someone can correct me on this position, I hated the directors cut. I saw it once and it didn't sit well with me at all. It was years and years ago, so don't ask me why I hated it, I guess (non specifically) I just didn't like what it changed from the theatrical release (which I really, really loved)

  • 4021971
    4021971 6 months ago

    Such a great movie on so many levels. It is a perfect movie if there ever was one. Richard Kelly hasn't done much since, but he really didn't need to do much after directing such an incredible movie.

    SHAY RUTHERFORD 6 months ago

    Donnie Darko and Akira are those great movies that need to be researched to be appreciated completely.

  • sol woot
    sol woot 7 months ago

    The first time I saw this I loved it - so I watched it again in the same day XD

  • WHO?!
    WHO?! 7 months ago

    This movie is confusing af (in a good way)

  • ttd max
    ttd max 7 months ago

    I think the end of the world means the end of HIS world (him dying). when he goes back in time and purposefully lets himself be killed it's a sacrifice. he realizes that if he lets HIS world end that Gretchen won't be killed, Frank won't be killed, and his mom and sister in the plane won't be killed. he sacrifices himself, HIS world ends but Gretchen, Frank, His mom and sister are able to live. This also ties into when Donnie is in the movie theater with Gretchen and Frank and frank says "You should already know that" in response to Donnie asking "when's this gonna end" he's saying that it will end when Donnie dies. Side note, frank has the eye injury from being shot, this is a Frank from the future who comes back to lead Donnie to the right path. U also know this about frank because he says that he's sorry with no context, apologizing for Gretchens death which happens later in the future

  • Deku
    Deku 7 months ago

    "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"
    (It's not an offense just a quote from the movie)

  • Anirban Ghosh
    Anirban Ghosh 7 months ago

    that tee though 👌

  • Mikko Amour
    Mikko Amour 7 months ago

    i didnt find the movie confusing at all. i first saw it when i was 16, and it blew my mind. still to this day its in my top 5 all time favorite movies. lets pretend the sequel doesnt exist.

  • Nikkiboi Nanna
    Nikkiboi Nanna 7 months ago

    Frank is actually terrifying

  • Izzy Dandrea
    Izzy Dandrea 7 months ago

    Their is a theory that the people in the tangent universe are divided by the manipulated dead and the manipulated living the ones who die in the end have slightly more power than the ones that live. So, Gretchen and Frank have more consciousness than the other characters, so their actions were more deliberate. The living are subconsciously giving him hints at what he needs to do without themselves fully realizing it.

  • HMat
    HMat 7 months ago

    "...what's a fuck-ass?"

  • Optimatt Prime
    Optimatt Prime 7 months ago

    I figured this out pretty quick. When it rewound itself and it went back 28 days i thought oh it's a dream? Then i saw the director's cut...

  • The Sabluke
    The Sabluke 8 months ago

    Chris looks stoned in the thumbnail

  • WiredMonk
    WiredMonk 8 months ago

    I think it's a process of internal manipulation modified by mental health issues and/or substances. He obviously sees the wrongs in his immediate environment but feels powerless. His entire experience is a fantasy that gives his life meaning while giving him an excuse to die unselfishly.
    It's about suicide. It's an acid trip into the mind of a broken child who sees his death as his destiny, but he needs to provide value to the events leading up to it. The jet engine is a metaphorical snapping point.
    The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had. Time travel, coercive insider teachers, a funny, one-eyed bunny, his love dies almost immediately after the love scene. He shoots Frank.
    The entire movie is a schizophrenic fantasy. His family is devistated at the end, but the gunshot was not to Frank's eye, it was to his own. The engine is a construct.

  • therewasanellie
    therewasanellie 8 months ago

    I watched the movie just now before watching this video... and I loved it on first watch! I can already tell it’s gonna be one of those movies that I get people to watch to try to get them to ~appreciate~ film more

  • Nicholas Spinner
    Nicholas Spinner 8 months ago

    So wait.... On the time travel bit, in the last scene Gretchen and the neighborhood kid waved to Donnie's mom. And there are these wierd cuts back and forth that seem to parallel/juxtapose the two kids and the adults. Does that mean that Gretchen and the neighborhood kid grow up to be Donnie's mom and dad, thus keeping all of this contained within one loop?

  • Reily K.
    Reily K. 8 months ago

    This movie and Twin Peaks are the two things that pretty much combine to make one of my favorite games of all time, gotta love it

  • Johnathan McKay Railfan

    You live close to me I assume

  • pateralus9
    pateralus9 8 months ago

    Chut up!

  • pateralus9
    pateralus9 8 months ago

    Also, reading what's available of The Philosophy of Time Travel helps to understand the story immensely (it's a quick, short read). You can find it online pretty easily. Thank you, Donnie, for saving the universe!

  • pateralus9
    pateralus9 8 months ago

    I've loved Donnie Darko since I first saw it in college in 2002. I was studying music at the time so I learned how to play many of the piano parts from the score, and I even burned my own CD and was able to fit the entire score and all of the soundtrack onto it.
    I'm glad to hear it's one of your favorite movies, Chris, because it seems that our tastes align very closely across almost all genres. Maybe it's because were both from Ohio, haha.
    Anyway, great job as always; I love your videos and will keep watching as long as you keep making them!

  • Zahni Gulbronson
    Zahni Gulbronson 9 months ago

    takes place in the matrix universe?

  • Troels Lychau
    Troels Lychau 9 months ago

    This is one of the movies I don't quite get. It was confusing and strange for the majority of the runtime. I did not like it, I would give it a C-

  • Nour Mourad
    Nour Mourad 9 months ago +1

    Donnie Darko is the worst.

  • Skabanis Malaka
    Skabanis Malaka 9 months ago

    I read somewhere back then cause of 9/11 it bombed in the theaters cause of the airplane engine fell...also there was a fantastic website that you had to open gates and levels to figure out the it was real world

  • Samuel Higdon
    Samuel Higdon 9 months ago

    I've seen DD multiple times and understand the film, but I can't get over how pretentious it is

  • Maja Ahmetovic
    Maja Ahmetovic 9 months ago

    I am 13 and this movie is movie favorite movie ever.

  • Absolut Veidt
    Absolut Veidt 10 months ago +2

    For me, its a Masterpiece.

  • Anthony Woodhouse
    Anthony Woodhouse 10 months ago

    So basically Chris still doesn’t understand this film

  • MicarSolaris
    MicarSolaris 10 months ago +1

    This reminds me of the anime Steins;Gate.

  • Pierce Markusic
    Pierce Markusic 10 months ago

    Frank manifested himself into the real image of Frank (the teenager) because the entity that drives Donnie knew that Frank would be shot in the eye. What's also crazy is Donnie stabs Franks eye before he shoots the real Frank, so when frank reveals his face in the theater you get the see what Donnie will eventually do. Fucking amazing movie...

  • Nexus truereality
    Nexus truereality 10 months ago

    Yo dude, Chris you're weird. Why would anyone sit and listen to the music manipulated living from that sound track. It's dark, foreboding and evil. It's intense and definitely not danceable.

  • Joey Stalone
    Joey Stalone 10 months ago

    One of my personal favourite films, great review