Gone Girl: Film Review

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As far as book to film adaptations go, this is pretty much perfect. I cannot fault it at all. It is so loyal to the book and with a brilliant cast.

Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne who discovers his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing on their fifth anniversary. He ends up being the murder suspect due to his cold behaviour and clues which seem to hint at his misdeeds. The film is told from two viewpoints – one of Nick in the present with the murder investigation and the second from Amy from their past leading up to present in the form of diary entries. But whose version is the truth? Did Nick do it, or is Amy still alive?

When I saw this was being adapted, I had no idea how it was going to be done because the novel shifts from Nick and Amy’s perspectives and from past and present so seamlessly that I thought it would be confusing but I honestly don’t think anybody would have an issue following this. I read the book a long time ago but from my memory I don’t think anything was left out and it was a very loyal adaptation. The film does run for 150 minutes but it didn’t feel so long because everything is essential to the story and I could not think of one section that should have been cut. A lot happens so the running time in necessary.

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I think David Fincher did a fantastic job and made the film accessible for anyone – it is not this dark thriller I was expecting. It was more of a slow-burning drama with a couple of shocking moments (although I think the 18 rating was mostly for language use). I was surprised by how many times I laughed and you almost feel guilty because it is a tense atmosphere but some of the lines are great. The entire audience was laughing, especially towards the end once all is revealed.

I couldn’t imagine better lead actors. I was surprised by the casting in the beginning simply because I had totally different people in my head but they were perfect – especially Pike because her character is incredibly complicated and she does some questionable things. I expect this to propel her to super stardom. I also want to credit Carrie Coon as Nick’s twin sister Margo – she is fantastic and I enjoyed the scenes between her and Nick very much. The character of Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) brought a lot of light and humour to the mix as well. And as much as I love Neil Patrick Harris, I struggle to imagine him as anybody other than Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother.

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Yes, the ending is annoying but I had expected this and that’s all thanks to the author Gillian Flynn. I had heard that it would be different to the book and although the circumstances are slightly altered, it is generally the same thing.  However, the ending of the film irritated me less than the book, where I was so pissed off that I ended up hating the entire novel. Luckily, it isn’t the case here, and the film is so good that the ending can be forgiven.

As I’m sure you can tell, this impressed me way more than I was expecting and I cannot find everything wrong with it. As long as you are aware of the sex and brief moments of violence, I think anybody can enjoy this deliciously twisted tale of resentful marriage.

 

Released: 3rd October

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