Definitely going to ruffle feathers on this review. When I got home from Comicon I decided to watch a movie last night and put on Gone Girl (trying to catch up). Gone Girl is a very well made completely preposterous movie that I just couldn’t get behind. I realize I’m in the minority on this one and I’m ok with that.
It’s very hard to talk about Gone Girl without giving away spoilers. Basically it is about a man named Nick played by Ben Affleck who’s wife played by Rosamund Pike is missing. A detective named Rhonda begins to suspect Nick of murdering his wife.
All the performances are good in Gone Girl. It is well directed by David Fincher using his typical harsh lighting and overall style.
I really loved the commentary it gives on our 24 hour news cycle although I’m not sure we needed two TV women in Missi Pyle and Sela Ward. Carrie Coon, Neal Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are all good in their various roles. Of the entire cast I actually thought Pike was the weakest performance-wise. Again, I know I’m in minority on that one. It was very predictable and one note.
All that said, the movie requires the viewer to accept a character makes and executes a plan with perfect precision, never making mistakes. To me it was a preposterous twist I just couldn’t buy. Nobody is that perfect. It made the character a lot less interesting because he or she could do no wrong. And then the ending was bizarre and impossible to believe. It made no sense given everything we have been told about either characters. There is no way. I was left thinking again and again throughout the movie ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’.
Because this particular character twist is so over-the-top their actions and story became very predictable. They are the psychopaths we’ve seen a million times in a million other movies (and law and order episodes for that matter).
Occasionally I will like a predictable movie that does what it’s trying to do well but usually that is because I bond with a character or it has special effects or other unique appeal. I didn’t have that in Gone Girl. It reminded me of a movie like The Village or Signs (not that bad) but slickly made, good performances but a plot that defies credibility and made me groan.
I just didn’t buy the plot so despite good performances and interesting commentary, the movie was in the end a frustrating experience. I really didn’t care for it.
I’d also say it is a hard R definitely adults only for sexuality, violence, blood, gore and language.
That said, I can see if you can go with the scheming and plan than you’d like the movie. I just couldn’t. Sorry…
Content Grade- D, Overall Grade- C
I have not read the book it was based and so don’t know how it relates to the story in the book.