From The Movie Snob. (For Mom Under Cover’s review, click here.)
Gone Girl (B). I’m not quite sure what happened here. I loved the novel this movie was based on. The movie, directed by David Fincher (The Social Network) is well made and faithful to the novel (from what I can remember). The casting and performances were good, or even great. So why didn’t I love the movie? I’m not sure, but I think the tale just seemed more far-fetched up on the big screen. Anyway, I definitely liked the movie, and if you want a knotty little mystery movie you should definitely give it a try. Of course I must avoid spoilers, so I’ll just repeat the minimal factual synopsis all the reviewers are using. Ben Affleck (Argo) and Rosamund Pike (The World’s End) star as Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple who used to be NYC glitterati but who are now downsized schmoes living in Nick’s nowhere hometown of North Carthage, MO. As the movie opens, it is the morning of the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, and Nick discovers that Amy is missing. There are strange, minimal signs of foul play in the house. What happened to her? Did Nick have something to do with it? Suffice to say, secrets will be exposed. Affleck and Pike give fine performances, but even the actors in the smaller roles shine, especially Carrie Coon (TV’s The Leftovers) as Nick’s twin sister and Kim Dickens (Thank You for Smoking) as the skeptical detective Rhonda Boney.