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Donnie Darko (2001)

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NOTE: These commentaries are only on the original, theatrical cut DVD release. A different commentary is on the director's cut Donnie Darko DVD.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writer/director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal Rating:7.7/10 (15 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Robanhood on May 2nd, 2009:Find all reviews by Robanhood
This is an example of a good commentary! Maybe it's not the most information filled, but it sure has enough facts about everything related to making this movie. It also has the little more-or-less-funny details, these mostly provided by Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal turns out to be a really funny guy, remembering all the funny situations and anecdotes from the filming. (He even does a great imitation of Christopher Walken. How he gets there is just a perfect example of this conversation floating into surprising places.)
Reviewed by ipatrick on February 27th, 2013:Find all reviews by ipatrick
It's a good commentary and they talk all throughout but I was put off by Gyllenhaall, who wouldn't stop making jokes and wouldn't let Kelly speak. I think Kelly should have had his own track since it is him who has stuff to say and who in fact does. It's interesting and entertaining but it is not good, in how distracting it is to have Jake Gyllenaahll making jokes and being an ass for two hours.
Commentary 2: Writer/director Richard Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick, actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross, and James Duval Rating:8.0/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on August 12th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
As group commentaries go, this one is more informative and less haphazard than most. There are not too many instances of everyone talking over each other, and not many silent stretches. The actors recount how they were attracted to project by vision of Kelly as director and writer, as well as his attention to detail, storytelling, and that he succeeds in achieving a tone that surprise expectations of viewers. On the set, they were appreciative of his direction, offering guiding thoughts on their characters. They touch upon many themes, including the depiction of gentleness in family, community structure, adolescence, relationships, outcasts, acceptance, intolerance, and belonging in relation to growing up in the 1980s. Barrymore hits upon the influence and dedication of teachers as key to her role and portrayal. Regarding the meaning of the film itself, they analyze the aspects of sci-fi vs mental illness, and the ultimate intentions Kelly had for the story. They note the challenges of successful supernatural sci-fi as why so many Stephen King adaptations fail. Kelly notes how a certain character in Fargo was an influence for the Cherita Chen character. For production aspects, they elaborate a bit on the difficulty and all-encompassing process of obtaining clearances for names, products, and intellectual property to be used in film.