Gone Girl (Rated R)
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, and Patrick Fugit
Directed by: David Fincher
Synopsis: On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
My Thoughts: First and foremost I want to be upfront about the fact that I have not read the book. Honestly, I have no intention of reading the book. However, I think you can still enjoy a movie without reading the book or vice versa.
Gone Girl was sick and twisted, but still really good. I thought Ben Affleck did an incredible job. He wasn’t a good guy, but he wasn’t a bad guy either. He played it down the middle perfectly. It never fails to warm my heart when he does well in a movie. Rosamund Pike was seriously creepy. She did a great job scaring the crap out of me (this may affect how I see her in other things from now on). My favorite character was Margo (Carrie Coon), Nick’s sister. She was just to blunt and straight to the point. I loved the family dynamic between brother and sister in Gone Girl; it made me wish my brother and I were closer.
The plot was. . .disturbing. It’s one of those movies that makes me question how and why someone thought all of this up. There were plenty of twists to keep you guessing. I thought I had it figured out about 5 minutes into the movie and then BAM! (Side note: what I thought I had figured out, I was right about). I loved the addition of Amy’s parents and their children’s books loosely based on their daughter. I think it added more to the psychological aspects of the movie.
By the end, I really liked Gone Girl. It’s been over a week since I watched it and thinking about it still blows my mind. It does have some nudity, violence and swearing. In fairness though, it is rated R (there’s a reason for that). So if you’re not into the elements that make up a rated R movie, skip it. If you’re okay with those elements and you like a bit of a psychological twist in your movies then I would definitely recommend Gone Girl.
3.5 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets = Ultimately I liked it, but that doesn’t take away from how twisted it is.
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