#7: GONE GIRL (15-1-15)
Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens and Tyler Perry.
Written by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher. 145 mintues long.
tricky film to talk about too much without spoiling it and although
this is a film that doesn't have a twist ending, saying too much will
spoil this film for anyone who hasn't read the book. On the morning of
his 5th wedding anniversary, Affleck's Nick Dunne comes home to discover
his wife, Amy Dunne is missing - seemingly the victim of an abduction.
He calls in the police and soon becomes a person of interest when
evidence surfaces that seems to implicate the husband in his wife's
violent abduction and possible death. The film flashes back and forth
from the present to five years earlier, through Amy's journal, and the
start of the Dunne's relationship. And where as the present is told
through Nick's eyes, the past belongs to Amy's. But is everything as it
seems or is someone hiding something?
A thoroughly dark,
involving, engrossing and intriguing film with spot-on performances
from, not only, the two leads but also the supporting cast too. Never
short-changing the audience this is a fascinating and chilling film that
is an absolute delight from beginning to end, although it's the end
that costs this film a perfect 10/10, lacking as it does a satisfying
ending. I wanted a solid full-stop but all I got was an ellipsis.
with precision and skill by David Fincher this is a film that is never
less than utterly engrossing and it no doubt helps that the screen
writer is also the writer of the novel on which this film is based.
Second time round for this
one, it came back as part of Cineworld's Take 2 program. So, did it
hold up as well as it did the first time I saw it back in October.
big, fat yes. The things that were great the first time round remain
so, Affleck has never been better, ditto for Pike. The story and
direction is tight and the film retains its power to surprise.
only down side is the sound track, whenever the film flashes back to
the beginning of Pike and Affleck's character's relationship, the
dialogue is almost drowned out by the soundtrack and you find yourself straining to hear what's being said. But it's a minor quibble and doesn't effect the score.