You may wonder who you associate with after sitting through Gone Girl. Based off of the acclaimed and successful novel by Gillian Flynn, Girl is about a Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) who is trying to find his wife Amy after she had gone missing on one July 5th morning. He hires police and detectives to search everywhere they can. However, once Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Jim Gilpin become skeptical of Nick, so does the media. Nick now must fight to defend himself without making himself look even more like a bad guy. If you want to know a more in depth version of this story, go look for spoilers.
I was a little skeptical going into this film because of certain casting choices such as Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. I’ll tell you right off the bat, they are great for the most part here. Tyler Perry knocks it out of the park as Tanner Bolt. Neil Patrick Harris does a good job, however I felt like he was miscast. He did good, but there was something a little off-putting with him as Desi Collings, the man whose been obsessed with Amy ever since high school. It’s not a bad performance by any means, but something about him as Desi didn’t feel right.
Ben Affleck kills it here. The more you see him here, you are back and forth with loving him and hating him much like the media and their followers. It’s definitely one of his absolute best performances in his career. Whether you’re loving him as the guy whose trying to find his wife or hate him as the man that reveals a couple of things I won’t spoil, you’re still somehow rooting for him by the time the end credits roll. He’s very well cast as a man who has to deal with off-putting media attention, which I’m sure he could relate to.
Rosamund Pike is phenomenal as Amy. While you can’t stand her character in the slightest by the end, you fall in love with Pike. Every expression and every speech she gives is something to marvel over. She will make you wonder, for those of you who are married, who that person really is.
David Fincher can do no wrong. Everything from his directing to how he had this film edited is outstanding. He’s a director who always has a clear vision of what he wants, and he always gets it right (except for Alien 3, but we all know that was the studios fault). One thing I love about his films is that even though they tend to be very long, I’m never bored. None of his films, including this one, feels like they’re dragging or have filler scenes. His vision is beautiful and disturbing all at once, and he takes our breath away with every bit of it. Gillian Flynn made an off-the-wall phenomenal screenplay out of her novel, and she got the perfect guy to direct it.
While there is tiny flaw (sorry Neil), I urge everyone to go see this film. It’s been a while since I’ve sat in amazement and shock for a couple of minutes after seeing a film, and I guarantee you that even if you’ve read the novel (because I did, too) you will find yourself in shock in the greatest way possible. You will leave this film with an evil grin on your face, along with the wonderment of what we’re not seeing behind the scenes in big media spectacles and who the people we love really are.
Release Date: October 3, 2014
Rated R: for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.
Directed by: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Written by: Gillian Flynn
Running Time: 2 hrs. 29 mins.
4 1/2 stars/5