Donnie Darko Preview Thoughts

Donnie Darko is about death and the possibilities of life. It is a sci-fi semi-comic drama. Donnie Darko is also the name of the main character, a high school suburban guy growing up in an interesting way.

Here are some things to look for as you watch the film:

  • Notice where Donnie wakes up at the beginning. He'll return to this point later on, in a car with a girl.
  • As Donnie rides his bike home (in the beginning), he is passed by a red car. You'll see this car again toward the end of the film.
  • The scene where the high school is introduced is very fun. One critic aptly compared it with a music video.
  • There is one dream vision where we see the ocean and sky with what appear to be futuristic buildings rising from the sea. They are not really buildings; look closely and you might be able to recognize them.
  • At one point, Frank and Donnie are talking in a movie theatre. Listen carefully to their conversation, and try to make sense of it after you know the ending.
  • At the party, what makes Donnie suddenly realize time is running out?
  • Donnie says to the clown what Drew Barrymore's character said to him earlier.
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