Movie Review - Gone Girl
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Director: David Fincher
Writers: Gillian Flynn (Screenplay & Novel)
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Running Time: 149 Minutes
Actors: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry.
Synopsis: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Wow. This movie. Where do I even start?
So, I saw this movie with a friend last Saturday - after the Southern Festival of Books where I met LAUREN OLIVER! - and it was a great way to end a great day. I knew from the moment that I saw that Gillian Flynn had also written the screenplay that we'd be watching a gem of a book-to-movie adaptation. And boy was I right.
The Story: Let's face it. All us readers like to read the book before seeing the movie, and half the time it's not even because we want to see our favorite movies come to life on the big screen. More often than not, it's so we can berate the movie for falling short of the books we love. But considering that the screenplay was also done by the writer, Gone Girl was very close to the source material. I could count on one hand the real changes they made to the movie. The two biggest changes I noticed were with Tanner Bolt (who was actually portrayed as African American in the movie) and the final ending, where Nick tells Amy that he's good to her because she has to wake up every day as herself. I, personally, would've liked to see those final words from him, but with the direction the movie was going, I think it would not have stayed true to Ben's performance of Nick.
For the most part, though, this movie did a fantastic job of bringing to life the dark and gritty tale that Flynn originally wrote. Though I knew how things were going to end, I found myself completely enamored with the story and probably more invested than half of the audience there with me.
While the movie is very close to the source material, I still highly recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, just so you can get the shock value from the pages of the book. It makes for a much juicier read and a much more exciting movie experience!
The Acting: The acting in this movie is superb. I definitely smell an Oscar, or - at the very least - a nomination. Ben did a great job at playing the clueless and desperate Nick, and - just to put it bluntly - he did a great job playing as the douchebag that Nick was meant to be. I have a real love/hate relationship with Ben, because he's a great actor but consistently takes on crappy roles. This time, though, he's definitely hit the mark. Rosamund Pike did a wonderful job of portraying the manipulative and downright ape-shit crazy Amy and if I had to pick whether or not Ben or Rosamund did a better job, it'd be a close call, but I'd have to go with her. Nick's character is rather stagnant throughout the storyline, meaning that Ben has a somewhat easier role to play. Rosamund, however, had a variety of "characters" to portray, as Amy pretends to be so many different people. Either way, though, both actors definitely brought their A-game and made this a fantastic movie.
Neil Patrick Harris plays Desi, and I honestly wish we would've gotten to see a little more of him, because really, who doesn't love Neil? But from what we got to see, he did a pretty good job playing Desi. Desi's pretty clueless, too, as well as controlling and NPH definitely brought these traits to the screen, but I think I would've been able to appreciate the acting and character a little more if I'd seen a bit more of him.
Lastly, we get Tyler Freakin' Perry as Tanner Bolt. You guys have no idea how excited I was when the opening credits started and I saw that he was part of the cast. I've loved Tyler Perry for years. His movies are all a part of my personal collection and I love his work as Madea. He's one of the best comedians I know. But enough fangirling. I might be biased, but I definitely feel that Perry brought the feel of Tanner to the screen. Tanner was meant to be a high-powered, self-assured kinda guy. If not that, perhaps even a little self-absorbed. And, though we only had a third of the screen time with him, his performance was definitely great. Much love for the guy. <3
The Cinematography: Finally, the movie itself. All I can say is that it's definitely one that you'll remember and leave you gushing about for days afterward. The soundtrack is phenomenal and definitely sets the feel for the thrilling movie. I think the settings of the movie were great choices, from Nick and Amy's modest home, to Nick's father's dilapidated home, to Desi's stunning lake house. Many of the places were just as I had pictured them to be while reading.
I was definitely intrigued - and a little worried - about how they would tell the beginning of the story, where it alternated Nick and Amy's point of view, but the flow was spot on. And overall, the creepy, eerie feel of the story was captured. I loved it!
One thing I will mention, though, is that the story definitely earned it's R rating. There was a great deal of sex - though most of it was done rather modestly, up until the scene with Amy and Desi - as well as nudity. There are boobs galore, as well as full front nudes of Ben and Neil Patrick Harris. So, if you are uncomfortable with that type of thing, then perhaps this movie isn't for you. There are plenty of F-words, as well as the occasional C-word, so it's definitely not a movie you want to watch with your parents or children around. But it would be a great movie to watch with friends. As well as a great movie to watch with boyfriends - to keep them on their toes. ;)
My final verdict? Read the book now - and see the movie as soon as you finish the book!
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