My Problem With…. Donnie Darko, the Director’s Cut

Last night we were browsing Netflix for something to watch and saw that they carried Donnie Darko. Both me and the other half love that movie, so we decided to watch it as it had been a while. Turned out it was the so-called Director’s Cut (what does that mean anyway?!).

I did not mind that they added in some of the text from Roberta Sparrow’s book, I suppose that explained things a little, but they also added some totally unnecessary stuff, like visuals of eyes, water, etc, that I felt added zilch.

The worst crime though is that the changed the opening music! No more ‘The Killing Moon’, but instead we get INXS ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Now I don’t mind the latter song, but ‘The Killing Moon’ has such a dark moody feel to it that it really set the scene so exquisitely in a way that ‘Never Tear Us Part’ in my eyes fails to do.

There a lot of subtle changes that I don’t mind much, but do not really add to the story.

Next time I think I will watch the original version again!

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