Gone GirlA review by Shlomoh Sherman
October 30, 2014
Gone Girl (2014)
Director: David Fincher
Writers: Gillian Flynn (screenplay), Gillian Flynn (novel)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Plot: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Plot Keywords: disappearance - missing person - murder suspect - diary - femme fatale
Taglines: Was Nick Dunne lying? You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone>
Genres: Drama - Mystery - Thriller
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA):
Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language
Release Date: October 3, 2014 (USA)
Also Known As: Perdida
Filming Locations: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA, Giant City State Park, Illinois, USA, New York City, New York, USA, Los Angeles, California, USA, Hawthorne Plaza - 12124 Hawthorne Blvd., Hawthorne, California, USA
Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Regency Enterprises, TSG Entertainment, Artemple - Hollywood (uncredited), New Regency Pictures (uncredited), Pacific Standard (uncredited)
Runtime: 149 min
Sound Mix: Dolby
Although promising from the trailers, this film has had negative reviews. Perhaps I just like to see the good in a film. I mean, a movie has to REALLY suck to get my disapproval and GONE GIRL is far from that although I can see why some reviewers were frustrated by the flow of the film.
Nick Dunne meets his wife, Amy, and it is love at first sight. The pairing could not be better. Nick is a financially successful man and Amy is the grown up personna of her parents' children book series, AMAZING AMY. They are the typical upper middle class couple who have made it big in America. But, as the overdub narration in the first minute of the film shows, not all is perfect in Paradise.
Ostensibly Nick and Amy have been happy in their marriage for 5 years. Their 5th anniversary is coming up and suddenly, without warning, Amy has gone missing.
As the film progesses from here, details emerge to reveal that their blissful union was not the happy affair that everyone believed it to be. For one thing, we learn that Nick has been carrying on an extra-marital affair with a local young woman. For another, we find out, that at times, the anger in their marriage has led to domestic violence on both their parts.
Both the police and the media begin to suspect that Nick has murdered Amy. Nick's only ally is his sister, Margo, who believes him innocent of any felonious wrongdoing.
But has Nick actually killed his wife? The film moves on to some surprising and interesting turns of events.
I liked the film but others are somewhat less enthusiastic about its merits. I am sure it will appear on HBO within the next 6 months so look for it, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what YOU think of it. I'll be interested to hear.
Ben Affleck has been a favorite of mine since GOOD WILL HUNTING. But his uber-liberal tirade on Bill Maher's show recently has put me off.
During an August 2014 interview with New York Magazine, Tyler Perry said that he didn't know anything about the movie's source novel or its director, David Fincher, and that he wouldn't have accepted his role in the movie if he had: "I probably would have walked away from it. If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work, or if I'd known the book was so popular, I would have said, 'No.' And my agent knew that! He didn't tell me until after I signed on!" See more »
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Cast overview, first billed only:|
Ben Affleck ... Nick Dunne
Rosamund Pike ... Amy Dunne
Neil Patrick Harris ... Desi Collings
Tyler Perry ... Tanner Bolt
Carrie Coon ... Margo Dunne
Kim Dickens ... Detective Rhonda Boney
Patrick Fugit ... Officer Jim Gilpin
David Clennon ... Rand Elliot
Lisa Banes ... Marybeth Elliott
Missi Pyle ... Ellen Abbott
Emily Ratajkowski ... Andie
Casey Wilson ... Noelle Hawthorne
Lola Kirke ... Greta
Boyd Holbrook ... Jeff
Sela Ward ... Sharon Schieber
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