Gone Girl was a film I probably could have waited to see. It wasn't a 'must-watch' for me, and that's probably because I wasn't familiar with the source material. David Fincher's film about a husband accused of killing his missing wife, is based on the best selling novel of the same name; written by Gillian Flynn. Flynn also wrote the screenplay to the film. David Fincher directs Ben Affleck in a role that is very different from anything else he's ever done in his career. Rosamund Pike plays Affleck's wife; and it just gets crazy from there. Let's go!
What I liked about the film:
David Freakin' Fincher
I also want to take a moment to talk about the great supporting cast as well. Kim Dickens plays a Detective who hasn't quite figured out Affleck's character yet. She is basically sitting in for the audience, piecing together the clues to figure out just what the hell is going on. Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry play small, but pivotal roles in the film, and are very good. For me, the scene stealer was Carrie Coon, Affleck's twin sister. She is PHENOMENAL in this movie. Sweet and supportive with an undoubted chemistry with Ben Affleck on screen. Then, when the story gets really heavy, she portrays an emotionally exhausted young woman trying to make sense of everything that's happening around her. I have already looked up Coon's other films, so I can see more of her work.
What I didn't like about the film:
The Pacing/Third Act
The movie is about 30 minutes too long. But here's my dilemma; without watching it again, I honestly don't know what I would have cut out of the film, off the top of my head. I also don't know how true to the novel the film is, so I can't say it was to serve that purpose. All I know is, by the end of the film, I was emotionally spent and ready to watch a Pixar film.
Oh the ending. In terms of the story being told, and the situation the characters are in, it's not a very believable ending. And I think that's why I have it on my 'didn't like' list. The movie is very serious, very dark and at times, difficult to watch; but it was realistic for 99% of the film. It's one of those movies where you say, 'that could happen', over and over again. But the ending comes, and you just roll your eyes in disapproval. I did at least.
An excellent film that will stay with me for a long time