On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
I’ll just get this out of the way now, I haven’t had a chance to and probably won’t read the book of this adaptation. I’ve heard amazing things on it, but not a huge reader. With that being said, this movie might actually make me pick up a copy. There isn’t enough positives things I could say about this film. In a year full a really, really good movies, Gone Girl may be my favorite so far.
First off, the story was built for a perfect thrilling movie. Usually, it’s very hard to adapt a book to a movie, it’s only happened so many time where it’s ended up good. Gone Girl is different though, it fits perfect. There wasn’t a moment in the entire movie where it slowed down, there was always something going on making you hold on to that bathroom pass during the movie. Every second was so critical to the story, no matter how small or big, you had to be there to watch. It was wickedly fun, deliciously twisted, and flat-out powerful – the definition of what David Fincher does.
As for the cast, it couldn’t have been any better. Ben Affleck as the lead was great. With each movie he has been better and better. And I’ll be honest, this role didn’t really have ‘Oscar’ written over it, but Affleck did exactly what the role and movie needed. The supporting cast around Affleck was phenomenal as well. For me, both Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon were outstanding. With Perry being a comedy driven guy, his dramatic chops are insanely good and a real treat to watch. Carrie Coon was my second favorite out of the whole movie. Having ever scene with Affleck, her character was an incredibly good counter to his character. Her character brought so much depth and certain type of personality to the screen and that’s all from Coon, I’m excited to see what comes next for her. Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, and Patrick Fugit were also all top notch in their respective roles.
But by far, and I mean bay far, the best performance and part about this movie was Rosamund Pike. I’ve been watching her for years now and have been waiting for that one performance where she will get recognized, this is it. She is incredibly intoxicating through out the entire film, stealing every scene with no problem. Her character is one of the most twisted, diabolical, and genius characters I have seen in some time. It wasn’t just the character, it was because of Pike. It sounds crazy, but this was her role and hers only. It showed off every inch of talent she has and the versatile style she has as an actress. I see a shiny award in her future, because she is a lock to be nominated for an Oscar and in my mind, a lock to win.
My anticipation for Gone Girl has been building and building over the last few weeks from early reviews. I’ve got to tell you, I am as happy with what I experienced as much as I was walking out of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From amazing directing, a gripping story, and to stylish and powerful characters, Gone Girl is suspenseful, mesmerizing, and phenomenally satisfying. Brace yourselves people, this is the most genius thriller from the last decade.