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Donnie Darko [Jul. 25th, 2004|10:22 pm]
Quite some time ago, I bought a copy of Donnie Darko on DVD. I'd completely failed to see it when it was at the cinema, but heard enough good things about it to want to see it. Having bought it, it then spent several months in my box of dvds, awaiting being watched.

Finally, last night, I decided to sit down and watch it. On my own, as it happens - rest of my house having decided to be places foreign. As it'd been a while since I read the reviews at purchase time, I didn't quite know what to expect.

That said, it wasn't the sort of film you can really describe. It's visually stunning in a few places, and cinematically stylish throughout. Some of the shots are bizarre but simultaneously powerful (clouds rushing past a skyline, shots that rotate as you view them etc).

I won't even attempt to explain the plot, beyond the obvious: boy sees large blue rabbit; rabbit fortells the end of the world, then saves boy's life; boy meets girl; boy does strange things; world does stranger things. In some ways it is like Mulholland Drive, but then again it isn't. I can't describe it, you'll just have to see it. Probably 3 times....

Having seen the film, I watched a few of the deleted scenes, along with commentary, and got interested in what it all meant. This morning, I decided to look online, and hit the very bizarre world that is donniedarko.com. Armed with the power of google, I was able to navigate my way through most of this (once I discovered I needed to allow popups from the site, and ensured flash was playing nicely). The combination of the site, and discussions in the blog comments that described how to work the site, I was able to figure out much more of what it meant.

Still need to watch it with the directors commentary, to hopefully figure much of the rest out. Watching it again tonight, it all made more sense. Definitely a film to watch again.

Oh, and does anyone know if there really is (or isn't) a 4th level on the official website? I can't find any reference to one in the flash code (armed with strings). That said, there are the two places you can type into on the 3rd level (close the window with the phone on it and get one, and you can also type during the display of the transcript). The middle of the second level suggests you might want to stick around to learn secrets for the third. Finally, there's the changeable words on the clouds (aka cliff) main screen. All adds up to a hint that there might be a tiny bit more, I just can't find it.

(for anyone really struggling, the passwords are sparrow, smurf and rose, and the other hidden bit is to click on "breathe". Oh, and flashy red things are to be clicked on).