Donnie Darko [Original Motion Picture Score]

Donnie Darko [Original Motion Picture Score]

by Michael Andrews

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Overview

The most remarkable thing about Richard Kelly's directorial debut, Donnie Darko, is its sheer tenacity. After suffering the fatal blow of a post-September 11 release date, the ominous film, which features the destruction of a sleepy suburban household by a falling jet engine, was pulled from theaters. Its subsequent release on video garnered a rabid fan base that elevated the movie to cult status, spawning hundreds of websites devoted to untangling its spidery threads of time-travel logic and spiritual chicanery. Rookie composer Michael Andrews, whose only previous work was for television's Freaks and Geeks, captures the underlying dread and unsettling beauty of the film by remaining reverent to it. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the heart of the piece is a pulsing, hypnotic waltz that transports you to the alternate-reality Middlesex, VA where the film takes place. His use of period (1980s) synths and a voxophone, tastefully punctuated by sparse choral arrangements, evoke a Danny Elfman score leached of bombast and quivering in its naked form. Like Air's soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides, Andrews' songs create such a specific sense of place that an entirely different film would emerge in their absence, robbing the consumer of its dizzying afterglow -- the soft, walking pianos on "The Artifact and Living" and "Rosie Darko" tiptoe through your subconscious for weeks. Due to the sparse, six-million-dollar budget of the movie, the producers had to decide whether or not to include celluloid-only tracks like "Killing Moon" by Echo & the Bunnymen and "Under the Milky Way" by the Church or pay for the special effects. They wisely opted for the latter, threw in an extra quarter and allowed Andrews and singer-songwriter Gary Jules to construct the heartbreaking re-working of Tears for Fears' 1983 hit "Mad World," that delivers the last play on Donnie Darko's haunting, apocalyptic jukebox. [In 2004, Sanctuary released a comprehensive two-dsic version in the U.K. that featured all of the songs used in the film, including tracks by Tears For Fears, the Church, Echo & the Bunnymen, INXS, Joy Division, Duran Duran and others.]

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Donnie Darko [Original Motion Picture Score] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I originally saw this in 2003, and since then, have seen it 14 times. 14. This has got to be my favorite movie. You probably have to watch it 2 or 3 times to understand the whole concept of there being a tangent universe, and a parallel universe. I recommend for people who like dark movies. I recommend for those who like understanding some of the mindbending ideas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this movie should be given a great review...a lot of things in this movie happens every day. No one understands that sometimes. Donnie Darko portrays a lot of qualities that a lot of people like himself think they have....but they forget about it and ruin their lives. Love is something so precious that you would do almost anything to be happy again. Darko shows that in how the day where the world ends....and the world is ending...only by how you die. He wants her to be happy...and he wants to be happy too. This movie moved me and if I had the chance to change something I would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was interesting and amazing as the soundtrack where the songs sound even better as you hear it and take it in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago