Gone Girl – How much can a media frenzy ruin your life
Interesting: Reese Witherspoon, who is one of the producer, brought the film rights of the book two years ago and wanted to play the lead part. But the director had a very specific idea of what he wanted as a female lead and that was not her!
Should I go see it?
If you don’t mind watching a movie with a slow pace before finally having some answers to all the questions you could be thinking, this is a nicely done and definitely a must see mystery-drama that can keep you guessing for a long time.
Directed by David Fincher
Released on October 3rd, 2014
Running Time: 149 minutes
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry
Review – 8.8/10
On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne comes home only to realize that his wife Amy is gone missing. Finding himself into a circle of lies and deception while everyone in his little town seems to believe he is the primary suspect, Nick must not only find his wife, but also fight for his innocence.
The movie is quite long and going at a very slow pace. In this case, unlike many others, it’s really not a bad thing! It actually takes us from one clue to the other, before adding another mystery in the picture and blur our minds of what we could be thinking, keeping us entertain to find what could have possibly happen to Amy. It keeps going in an unusual way, alternating between what Nick is going through with the police investigation of his missing wife while he must endure the fact that nearly everyone in the town seems to believe he killed his wife, to the narration of little pieces of journal entry that Amy wrote over the years to make us understand what was going on in her mind before she disappeared.
During the movie you sometimes have a urge to scream “Leave the guy alone and wait until all the facts are there!” but that means that the director did his job very nicely by making you feeling not only sorry for the main character, but also the look at today society; one nasty rumour and you’re done, as if everybody can pretend to know you and what you supposedly have done. Another interesting part of the movie about the media was not only to throw back to your face the big impact they have on someone’s judgment, but also how to play with it to put the right people on your side, how to catch someone sympathy by saying the right words at the right time to turn the wheel in your advantage.
The script was a very strong part of the movie success, not going for an over drama feeling but more of a sarcastic tone, and it added a fine quality of great interactions between the characters. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were spectacular in their roles, they made us feel every little bit of emotions they were going through. If you needed to love, hate or sympathise with an actor in his role, believe me the director and the cast achieved to make you feel everything they wanted you to. And what to say about Tyler Perry as a defense lawyer, just incredible, if something bad ever happens to you, you would definitely want someone like him to be the guy who represent you!
The only disappointing part for me was Neil Patrick Harris, which I found very unfortunate because I like him as an actor, but he just didn’t seem very credible to my eyes for this character. At first I thought it was just me, but when you get out of a movie theater and you begin to hear people talking about the good and bad parts of the movie and his name often comes into the bad section, then maybe it wasn’t the best choice.
For those who read the book, it kept quite well the principal idea of alternating between his side/her side of the story that many were not sure how that would end up looking like on screen. Of course, some characters that were in the book won’t be in the movie, and some parts were obviously cut from the script, but it stills keep the essence of the book really well. The author is the writer of the script, and it shows with how good the transition from the book to the movie was accomplished. The only important thing that was change was a small part of the ending, but you won’t even see that much of a difference!
If you are expecting a movie with fast twists and turns that makes you understand what’s happening really quickly, than this is probably not for you. For those who doesn’t mind how long it takes to uncover the truth as long as the movie is good, than you are in for one hell of a mystery!
If you didn’t read the book before seeing the movie and, like me, you are someone who watches a lot of movies and discover what could happen before you see it on the screen, this one will probably not be an exception but it still remains a must see for everyone who wants a little bit a mystery during their movie night. For having read the book after seeing the film, those who have already read it and loved it, you won’t be disappointed!