My Take – David Fincher has done it again!!! With a great set of films behind him (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Se7en, Zodiac, The Social Network) this big screen adaption of best seller novel was widely anticipated & man does it deliver!!
David Fincher and Gillian Flynn ‘s (also the novelist) intelligent storytelling through out this fantastic journey will make sure your at the edge of the seat, wondering what is gonna happen next, from start to end, they have made sure that every element is undeniably good! good! Some people might be turned off due to its 149-minute long running time, but the film is so meticulously well paced that it never really slows down long enough for moviegoers to glance at their watches.
Each scene is allowed just enough time to breathe before we’re rushed into the next thing. With plenty of twists and turns, the film keeps you, not only second guessing the whole idea of marriage, but the intentions of every character in the film. The performances are just brilliant!! Looks like Rosamund Pike has an Oscar nomination heading her way, other than being just one of the most gorgeous women out there, she pulls you into her mind, while forcing you to question yourself, it right to root for her?
Ben Affleck aka Batflleck is perfectly cast and works well, playing to his strengths and probably giving one of the best performances of his career. Niel Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) underplays his character perfectly, but I do wish he had more screen time. The biggest surprise is Tyler Perry, delivering a shockingly hilarious and fitting performance, showcasing impeccable comic timing and oozing personality in every scene. Looks like he finally has a chance to move away from his Madea days.
Overall, Gone Girl is intense filled with dark humor & violence, as we’ve come to expect from Fincher, while being a complete package of smart storytelling, phenomenal pacing and perfect performances. Gone Girl is without question one of the year’s best films, one of the year’s most unique films and one of the films of this year that you should not miss.
Director – David Fincher
Rated – R
Run time – 149 minutes