Gone Girl

Gone Girl Poster Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Missi Pyle, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, David Fincher, Gillian Flynn Gone Girl [Spoilers!]: on their 5th wedding anniversary an American Sweetheart goes missing, and it doesn’t take the public long to turn on the husband. This is a film of two halves split right down the middle: the first part is a dramatic and gripping missing person case that leads you down one path. The second half is where the film unravels – it would have been better if Amy had just stayed in the wind, followed her plan, or the plot just followed the downward spiral of Nick, but when Amy meets up with the demented ex, it opens up so many ‘that’s silly / the police would totally be all over it’ aspects and undercut the hard work of part I. It’s almost as if the longer the film goes on, the more silly it becomes – to the point of TV/B-movie. As with all Fincher movies it looks fantastic, it’s beautifully shot, well acted, but it’s all rather low-key, with none of the flare you’d expect from a director this good. The Blu Ray sound mix is also pretty shocking; music and soundscapes dominate and dialogue is completely lost in the mix. Had to watch with subtitles on. There’s a good critique of the media and how dangerous their clout is, paired with some minor social commentary – but for the most part it feels bolted on. All in all, an unremarkable David Fincher film is still way above your average movie – and for that reason alone, this is worth checking out – just dont’ watch it if you’re in a new relationship, or about to get married!

Score: 7/10

Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Missi Pyle, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, David Fincher, Gillian Flynn

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8 comments
  1. ah, now I am glad I waited until it was out of the theatre before thinking about watching it. But as a Fincher fan, it is a must for me. Thanks for the detailed review, now I know what to expect

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Same here – even if it was reviewed as dog shit I’d still watch anything from Fincher! Still a good watch.

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  2. I haven’t seen the movie, but a friend of mine did & she said it was exactly like the book. I was disappointed by that because I didn’t like the second part of the book at all. It got predictable, and as you said, very silly.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      The film is also like this. Great set up – and as soon as the reveal happens it’s immediately less satisfying and tense.

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  3. Dan O. said:

    So wacky and wild, but also fun, too. Which is what matters most. Nice review.

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  4. Max C said:

    From your review is sounds like they should have got Casey Affleck to star in it instead. He loves playing in well crafted films and lovely films that lack that spark to make them REALLY good films

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Not sure – he’s even more mumbly and less presence than Benny!

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  5. I liked this movie very much, the late Alfred Hitchcock the master of suspense would of probably been proud of seeing this great acting by ben Affleck and rosamund pike.

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