Sunday, July 25, 2004


Just a few words about the Donnie Darko: Director's Cut that was just released in theaters.

It's excellent to get to see it on the big screen again, esp. since they've tweaked the special effects (nothing Lucas-drastic, just improved them so they don't look quite so indie) and amped up the sound. However, most of the deleted material that they put back is totally unnecessary. There's a good Watership Down sequence and some nice extra moments with the Darko parents, but it's pretty uneventful.

I do have one big problem: they cut Echo & The Bunnymen's "Killing Moon" from the opening sequence. In its place is INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart." Not cool. It's a distracting deletion and lacks all the weird menace and swagger of the original. I get the sneaking suspicion that Richard Kelly thought he was being symmetrically witty by opening with "Never Tear Us Apart" and then having Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" near the end. Whatever his thoughts on the matter, it's a big f up.

But like I said: it was excellent to get to see it on the big screen again.


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