Gone Girl: Movie Review

Gone Girl movie posterMovie: Gone Girl

Director: David Fincher

Writer: Gillian Flynn

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ¾ – Yes, I made a new rating for the movie just like I did for the book.

Stars:
Ben Affleck American Legend Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne

Rosamund Pike Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne

Neil Patrick Harris Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings

Tyler Perry Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt

Read the Gone Girl book review!

Remind me what it’s about…
Amy Dunne (Pike) has gone missing and no one can tell if her husband Nick (Batfleck) had anything to do with it or not. The movie goes back and forth between Amy and Nick’s marriage before the incident and following present-day Nick as the case unfolds. There’s more twists in this plot than a pretzel it’s fabulously exciting.

What did you think?
It’s so good.* There are few things in this world greater than a well executed plot twist (one of them is ice cream). It’s one of the best crime/mystery/thriller books/movies out there and the plot twists are bona fide twists that will genuinely surprise you. Just when you think you know what’s coming, something entirely new and out of left field comes into play; it will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Rosamund Pike is an amazing Amy (that’s a joke for those of you who have read the book/seen the movie) and Boston icon Ben Affleck perfectly portrays the brooding and bumbling Nick. The admirable Affleck wouldn’t even don a Yankee cap for the film, because understands some things can’t be sacrificed for art (like his soul).

*But the ending is horrible and anguish inducing.

Was it a good adaption?
Unfortunately, it was a perfect adaption. It was too good of an adaption. BEN AFFLECK LIED RIGHT TO MY FACE. Ben looked me right in the eyes and promised me that ending of the movie was going to be different than the book. That couldn’t be less true. The ending of the book sucked and the ending of the movie was exactly the same — horrendous. I have never complained about a movie being so accurate to a book, never before have I wished so deeply that a movie would have strayed so far from the book. Alas, here I am with a perfect book-to-movie adaption and horribly unsatisfying ending.

Should I watch it?
It’s kind of a tough call, because 95% of the movie is fantastic but the last 5% might ruin it for you. I would say yes, just prepare to be disappointed. You can watch it on Amazon.

Here’s the Gone Girl movie trailer.

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