(88) Fans will debate if the original theatrical version or the ‘04 director’s cut represents Donnie Darko in its finest form. What’s clearer is the cultural impact of Richard Kelly’s beloved box-office bomb. Middlesex could be any town in America, and the existential nightmare confronting Donnie strikes near to the heart (despite the sci-fi/horror embellishments of his “hallucinations”). By setting the film in the ‘80s, Kelly crafts a deeply personal reality inhabited by characters who seem all too familiar and real, despite the extraordinary tale they’re tied up in.
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