Drawn to the movie through suspenseful commercials and rave reviews, I have wanted to see the so called “masterpiece” for a while now. Though I suppose I’m behind the trend, I wish I hadn’t participated in it at all.
First off, I’ll give Flynn the fact that the story was insanely detailed, thought-out, and honestly, thrilling. However, I think that in many ways, the plot went all too far. Some aspects were absolutely mad, and I worry about the brain that it was spun from. From a ridiculous amount of vulgar language to some uncomfortable scenes, I was left covering my face multiple times.
One of the main characters, Amy Elliot Dunne is literally, no questions asked, a complete and utter psychopath that will probably haunt me in my dreams for weeks to come. I won’t spoil the plot by revealing my reasons for saying this… even though I highly recommend not enduring the two and a half hour piece of work. The other main character, Nick Dunne, starts out as a likable person who I slowly began to hate throughout the story. I can’t think of a single character that I actually enjoyed, though that might have been the point.
I will also say that the acting was impeccable. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were award-winning caliber in the film, and I thought both Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry fit into the cast wonderfully. In fact, all cast members carried their weight equally in the film, however outlandish it was.
Despite the fact that the movie was a terrific rendition of the book it was born from, I have to give it a thumbs down. Though I was at the edge of my seat, I believe it was for all the wrong reasons, and I was left speechless at how sick the plot was. It’s not that I don’t enjoy a good mystery. I really do. I just enjoy a mystery that doesn’t make me want to crawl under a rock and un-see the entire thing. After all, the film began like this:
“There are primary questions of each marriage. ‘What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other?’”
Just by those lines, you can tell it’s not the feel-good film of this fall. But, if you fancy a movie where a woman absolutely loses her mind taking vengeance on her husband, maybe you should reserve a seat in your nearest cinema. Just don’t call me when you wake up with nightmares.
Yes, I know, I’ve been harsh of the otherwise acclaimed thriller. And, maybe it’s just that I’m too sensitive or I took the film too serious or maybe I’m not cultured enough in the world of suspense. What do you think? What Gone Girl wonderfully electrifying or horribly twisted? Happy kommenting :)