Saturday, June 12, 2010

Donnie Darko - Teenager vs. "Mad World"

I recently posted an article about why, from a brain development perspective, puberty and the teenage years are a turning point in a person's life.

It reminded me of a strange movie called Donnie Darko (2001). Jake Gyllenhaal plays Donnie, a teenager who suffers from sleepwalking, hallucinations and emotional problems, seemingly brought on by his inability to manage his emotions and impulses. His issues are compounded by the fact that his world is populated by simple-minded authority figures, religious fanatics, and opportunistic con artists - all disguised as solid citizens. It's enough to drive a teenager crazy, and I'm sure most movie watchers, remembering their youths, will sympathize with his angst.

The film reminded me of how crucial and challenging the teenage years are. As for me, if somehow I could go back in time to my high school years, I wouldn't relive those experiences for any amount of any amount of money.

The movie has a theme song that expresses the darkness of the troubled teenage mind. The song, called "Mad World," was composed by Gary Jules and performed with Michael Andrews. Remarkably, the music video has had over 23 million views on YouTube. It's a dark song for a dark movie, but listen and you'll see why it's so popular...

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2010. Building Personal Strength .


Mac said...

Hi Denny, thanks for this post.

The music to the Donnie Darko film always puts me in a reflective mood.

Thank you.

Mac at Clientonomy

Anonymous said...

Original Tears For Fears version is better