Flash Movie Review: Gone Girl

It began with a glance across the room as locked eyes pushed the other guests to the side. An easy bantering that produced chuckles and laughter that cropped up like hot, bursting popcorn soon led to a steaming up of the room. The two of you held a second conversation with your eyes; each of you feeling you found that special person who would stand shoulder to shoulder with you. Effortless and effervescent, each time the two of you were together you both shed the remaining layers of your defensive protection, revealing souls quite similar to each other. Agreeing and wanting to spend the rest of your lives together, both of you settled into joyful and playful lovingness. The first couple of years flew by as the two of you easily rode the waves of daily life, your love always ready to throw you a life preserver to keep you afloat. As the next couple of years rolled on by, a veneer of automatic expectations dulled the shine of your love. It was not an intentional action, just the strength of familiar routines dulling your heart’s love. Sadly, during these times one may not recognize what they have until it is gone.    COMING home to discover his wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike (Surrogates, The Devil You Know), missing with only a piece of broken furniture left behind; Nick Dunne’s, played by Ben Affleck (Runner Runner, The Town), only thought was finding her. However, once the authorities were involved some of the evidence they turned up placed Nick in a suspicious light, no thanks to the growing media frenzy that was surrounding him. Director David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) created a suspenseful thriller that was filled with intense, dramatic scenes. I especially found the camera work ideal in keeping the intensity level of this movie high. In my opinion this was Rosamund’s best role to date; she was unbelievable which says something since Ben and Neil Patrick Harris (A MIllion Ways to Die in the West, The Smurfs franchise) as Desi Collings were excellent. Since I had not read Gillian Flynn’s novel that this film was based on, I was surprised by the different changes in direction. If one read the book first, I believe the movie may have less of an impact. Having a running time of nearly 2 1/2 hours and its slow start, I felt the movie could have been cut down a bit. With that being said, I did not forget the film after I left the theater; it still gave me much to remember. There were a couple of scenes that had blood and violence in them.


3 1/2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 6, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I’m curious about this movie. The long running time does make it harder for those of us with limited free time and an early bedtime, though.

  2. aguywithoutboxers

    Thanks! I did have a brief “nap” through part of the beginning! 🙂 It happens with a 4:30 a.m. wake-up routine. LOL!

  3. I did not enjoy the book, thought it was terribly overrated! And usually the book is better than the movie! So?

  4. Against my better judgement (I usually avoid popular fiction) I found myself thoroughly absorbed in the novel so I am very curious to see this movie and how it handles the shifts in perspective required. I very much like David Fincher’s direction, however, so that gives me more confidence. This is a movie I am eager to see but, since I can only ever see child-friendly movies in the cinema, it will be a while before I can do so.

  5. I thought the book was interesting, well-constructed, and ultimately very frustrating. I don’t know if they changed the ending of the movie, although I’ve heard it’s pretty faithful. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but you realize what’s going on about midway in the book. I couldn’t root for anyone, since they were all pretty awful people. Except for Go; I really liked Go.

  6. is it now the norm for film makers to decide they have had enough of the movie and wrap up the endings in 10 seconds????? long, slow but fun playing the figure it out game as my wife and i watched. p.s. she owes another popcorn as she lost. lol

  7. A very compelling psychological thriller… a bit of a portrait of a sociopath. I really liked Kim Dickens as the detective who sifts through evidence and sees beyond the crush of popular opinion in sorting out the facts. The ending leaves a lot to the imagination. I was hoping for something a bit more neatly tied up… like justice for the innocent. No such luck.

    • Thanks so much for your comments. I am glad this film moved and surprised you. You would agree it is more of a surprise for those who have not read the book, though I am curious to read the book now.

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