Why do you even need to be convinced of watching Gone Girl? I know you love/like either Fight Club or The Social Network and someone told you about it at the time you started ranting about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. (Might be me.)
A quick synopsis of the film
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) loses his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) on the day of their fifth anniversary. Nick enlists the help of the police to find her and eventually the search goes viral, as in national television and online viral.
Of course, their marriage is nothing but full of twists.
The police are closing in on Nick as the suspect on the disappearance of his wife, so he tries to find a way to prove he is not guilty. Secrets get revealed left and right, told in a “he said, she said” narrative. It is beautiful.
The film is two and a half hours long, but it doesn’t feel like it because everything was great. The movie is a very good adaptation of the novel – it encapsulated the book’s mystery as well as perfected the characterizations.
On the actor’s performances
Affleck is lucky he has a creepy smile (and a big penis) to get cast as Nick Dunne. He is definitely the perfect embodiment of the novel Nick.
He was charming and affable but can totally be suspected of murdering his wife. The supporting cast did well. Listing them off my head, Carrie Coon complemented Affleck well as his twin, Margo. Neil Patrick Harris did a really good rich man with crazy intentions. Casey Wilson gave me lots of laughs as Noelle Hawthorne, the idiot suburban housewife. And I can’t believe Tyler Perry is Madea. I deliberately left out Rosamund Pike because she deserves a paragraph.
Rosamund Pike rocked Amy Dunne. Her character is a very complicated one and she nailed it, from Amazing Amy to Fat Amy to Psycho Amy.
Oscar. Win. Please.
I felt she was a second coming of Claire Underwood, until I realized she could be her insane sister. She was fun to watch in both halves of the film, in which she played two different personalities of Amy Dunne (if you felt spoiled, you should have watched the film first and then read this review to get my insight). She’s the star of the film, indeed.
And if you didn’t expect this film to be this good, I guess you don’t know David Fincher.
There’s a reason why this is one of the most anticipated films of the year and already got Oscar Buzz. Fincher re-imagined the novel as if I were reading it again, the same thrill I got from chapter to chapter. And I am glad they let the original author Gillian Flynn write the screenplay. This is how good movie adaptations are made (see: The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
But what I loved the most about this film is the surprise that it is full of dark comedy. It has a dark plot and was advertised as such so I never imagined laughing at this movie. And I laughed a lot, as well as other people in the theater (to prove I am not a crazy person, laughing alone at the film).
TL; DR: Watch it immediately, you fucking bitch. (A film reference to make you out of place because you haven’t watched the film)
(Translation: Watch this film after reading this review, plan to watch it alone tomorrow on Last Full Show, then plan with friends next week to watch it again.)
P.S. Here is an article you should read before you see the film. (Not for Ben Affleck haters)
Director: David Fincher
With: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon