Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in Gone Girl
Well that escalated quickly. The events that take place in this film definitely get out of hand fast, and a nearly three hour movie never quite feels like it. The reviews for this movie are done by two differents kinds of people; the ones who read the novel that the film is based on and the ones who did not. I fit into the category of the individuals that have read the novel. So you can say I definitely went in with impossibly-high expectations and a certain level of bias.
Gone Girl stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, among many other talented actors and actresses and follows the story of Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Pike). Nick and Amy are a married couple, but not necessarily a happily married one. The movie starts out right away with the disappearance of Amy. And this paints Nick as prime suspect number one. It all turns into a big spectacle with national news coverage and detectives watching his every move. All the while we learn through flashbacks in the form of Amy’s diary just how these two met and fell in love.
Now, if you know David Fincher films as well as I do, then you know this isn’t just some basic straightforward abduction mystery. There are layers upon layers to this film. It isn’t a basic story. There are twists and turns and shocking moments that will leave you speechless. So don’t go in expecting a simple movie like that. It is dark and twisted and if you haven’t read the book, the moments will shock you even more.
The cast all around is fantastic. Before this movie came out, there were many people angered by the casting choice of Ben Affleck. There were the individuals still angered by Ben Affleck being Batman so they criticized him for this one as well. And then there are people like me and all of my friends that have read the book. We instantly knew Affleck was a perfect choice for this role. And we were right. He nails every smile, smirk, and every outburst perfectly. But the real standout of this movie is Rosamund Pike. She acts the hell out of this movie. I won’t go into detail as to what happens but you’ll know when you see her. She kills it. Especially because most people only know her for being a Bond girl. She’ll be getting a lot more big roles after this Oscar-caliber performance. The rest of the cast is very good. Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and Neil Patrick Harris are all very good.
The biggest surprise of the movie, however, is Tyler Perry. The guy who makes all of those terrible Madea movies shines in Gone Girl. He plays famous attorney Tanner Bolt (which, by the way, is an awesome name). He steals nearly every scene he is in and that’s impressive because he’s sharing scenes with Affleck and Carrie Coon who are very, very good.
But the big winner is David Fincher. I knew from day one that he’d be perfect for this film. With Gillian Flynn adapting her own novel to a screenplay, I knew that I’d be impressed. Fincher is an amazing director. The visuals, just in scenes around the town are shot beautifally and you really get a sense of the atmosphere. And he nails the twists. I wondered how certain scenes would be shot or if they’d remove certain aspects from the film that were in the novel. But everything that I felt was important and needed was included in the film and Fincher perfected the scenes that were shocking in the novel. That, along with the addition of a great soundtrack, brought to you by Fincher’s regular Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; are just a couple reasons this movie is extremely good.
The acting is amazing, the direction is amazing, and this film will pull you in numerous different directions and will definitely have you talking about the ending. That, and a couple key other scenes that are shocking as well. This review was shorter than usual and I didn’t give away much about the film and that was intentional. It is best to go into this movie knowing nothing. That is the best experience possible. I’m sure when Oscar season comes around, Gone Girl won’t be absent from the discussion. And it deserves all the praise it gets.
Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne
Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne
Carrie Coon as Margo Dunne
Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings
Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt
Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney
Patrick Fugit as Detective Jim Gilpin
Emily Ratajkowski as Andie Hardy
Missi Pyle as Ellen Abbott
WHAT I LIKED:
+: Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck deserve praise of their own, outside of the rest of the stellar cast. Their scenes separately and together are filled with extraordinary acting skill and tension/chemistry that is hard to show sometimes.
+: The acting of the rest of the cast.
+: The visuals and overall direction of the brilliant David Fincher. The twists and turns will leave you either speechless or wanting to discuss them for ages.
+: Tyler Perry.
+: The shock value and how an almost 3 hour movie never feels like it.