Gone Girl – a second opinion

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.

Gone Girl

Mom Under Cover checks in.  CAUTION: Some might consider the following review to contain spoilers.

Gone Girl (B+)

David Fincher’s (Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network) latest offering, based on Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best seller of the same name, is a dark thriller and a good one at that.  (I didn’t read the book, so I don’t know whether the movie strayed from the novel.)  The movie opens with Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) stroking his wife Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) head and wanting to crack open her skull…to know what she’s really thinking….and then it picks up with the search for the missing Amy.  As the plot unfolds, we learn both partners are liars and cheats and the marriage is nothing like the storybook romance it appears to be.   Affleck more than adequately portrays the shallow Nick, but it is Pike (Pride & Prejudice, An Education) whose performance mesmerizes.  Perhaps the discipline she uses to turn her natural British accent into the American middle-of-the-country-lack-of-accent fuels her controlled, depraved presence as Amy.  Neil Patrick Harris is sublime as the stalker.  Oh, and if I had been reading the book instead of watching the movie, the ending might have caused me to throw the book across the room.