Gone Girl: Too Safe and Straightforward.


Well, here you go ladies, it’s the movie you’ve all been waiting for. No, not 50 Shades of Grey, that’s not until next February. The OTHER movie, Gone Girl.

Now, I read Gone Girl, so I was more excited about seeing how one of my favorite directors David Fincher adapted Gillian Flynn’s book, rather than the story itself. Which truthfully, even as a guy, I found to be pretty damn misogynistic, not to mention a very bleak social commentary on marriage.

I can’t get too much into the movie, as the entire plot is full of spoilers, so I’m just going to say that everything about the movie is competent, from Fincher’s adaption to the acting of Affleck and Pike. BUT, if you did not read the book and therefore don’t already know how it ends, I can almost guarantee that you’ll leave the theater a little bewildered and unsatisfied. I didn’t like the ending after reading the book, and I like it even less now after seeing the movie. Very very unsatisfying, which is maybe Flynn’s entire point?

The movie is also about 30 minutes too long as Fincher tries his hardest through short vignettes to wrap everything up.

Verdict: I like my Fight Club and Seven Fincher, and I like my Ben Affleck directing, and not so much acting. Not a bad movie by any stretch, but for a book like Gone Girl that you could really make as dark and twisted as you want, I found this adaption a little too safe and straight forward. 3.5 out of 5 vindictive C-words.


contributed by Tom Paine.  (@TomPaine5 on Twitter)

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