I can see why it's a cult movie, but also why it was only rated 2 stars. It seemed like a clever idea with lackluster execution. It really felt like one of those movies in which you don't know what's going on for almost 2 hours and then finally get it at the end.
It also felt like a cross between Catcher in the Rye and sci-fi.
And that Bunny Costume will freak me out for 2 days at least.
I saw it a few months back, and it struck me as a series of music videos made into a film. I liked the experience.
I also barely held my laughter a few weeks later when my boss sincerely asked if someone was acting out of of fear or love.
I hope you saw the version that has Donnie riding his bike to "The Killing Moon" in the beginning.
I am made out of water. You wouldn't know it, because I have it bound in. My friends are made out of water, too. All of them. The problem for us is that not only do we have to walk around without being absorbed by the ground but we also have to earn our livings.
-Philip K Dick
Confessions of a Crap Artist
I thought elements of that movie were great, and the ending redeemed it a bit (although a bit of a mind-fuck paradox). It's always a bit unsettling when you feel like you're going for a ride with someone supposedly mentally unstable. But then, sometimes, you're not quite sure that he is...
What was the deal with the old woman at the mailbox. Was that supposed to be illustrating another aspect of the paradox, showing her waiting for a letter at all times for a letter Donnie writes at the end? Does he ever put it in her mailbox? That part lost me a bit...
It had a good cast, which I thought was impressive. Patrick Sweaze (sp?) was awesome in his small role. The subversive context of counter-culture was good, but a bit heavy-handed. It's still relevant today, though, even with mainstream Republicans seemingly abandoning the religious right. Pop-psych self-help easy answers and self-delusion hasn't gone away, nor will it.