Wednesday, 29 October 2014

[Let's Watch] Gone Girl

So many times I promise myself i'll read the book first, but then I don't get around to it and still really want to see the movie. Well i'd seen good things about a certain book that was meant to be really good, and it had a film adaptation in cinemas... So again, I made the promise "I'll read the book first." Buuut, I didn't. Whoops. So,
Let's Watch

You know those nights when you stay up until ridiculous o'clock watching NCIS: Los Angeles and Hawaii Five-O on Sky, and it feels like every ad break that annoying top ten movies chart comes on? Well after what felt like forever seeing Gone Girl top both the US and UK charts, I couldn't stand to not know what the fuss was all about any longer. Sorry book, i'll have to read you later.
May Contain Spoilers.
Too often the trailer shows the best parts of the movie, then it's a complete let down after that. (I'm looking at you, Paranormal Activity...) I hadn't actually seen the trailer for Gone Girl before going to see it, only the little clips they were showing on that annoying chart countdown. So I dragged a friend off to our local Odeon (whose nachos are amazing by the way) to catch Gone Girl on the big screen. It was the busiest i've seen a cinema screen in a very long time, but that might have something to do with it being an Orange Wednesday.

Gone Girl the film is an adaptation from the book of the same name by Gillian Flynn, also the writer of Dark Places and Sharp Objects. I've seen a lot of blogger love for the book, but considering the film was direct by David Fincher, who also directed Fight Club, Zodiac, and Se7ev amongst others and was starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, I was expecting it to be good.

The IMDb page synopsis for Gone Girl reads;
'On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone
missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?'

So, the story follows the search for Amy (Pike) and the investigation into her husbands (Affleck) involvement in her disappearance. I must admit, I was sort of expecting an hour and a half long who-dunnit, and it does seem to start off that way. Then the story goes on to reveal there is a hell of a lot more underneath the surface, and it seemed I was watching an entirely different film than the one I expected. I've seen this film described as dark and sinsister, and i'd say that about hits the nail on the head.

As someone who hadn't read the book, I found it to be really quite unpredictable. It kept me interested, and a little confused at times, as I found myself not entirely sure where it was heading.  I'm still not convinced Ben Affleck was the best choice for Batman, but he certainly was brilliant as Nick Dunne. I really think he gave a great performance in this role. Rosamund Pike as Amy was also brilliant.

I think I liked Gone Girl as much as I did, as for me was not like anything i'd personally seen before. I didn't know where the story was going to end up, it kept me guessing, and it had a lot going on without over-doing it. I didn't even realise i'd sat through about two and a half hours of film by the time we wandered out of the screening, and that's always a good sign.

Have you seen Gone Girl, or read the book yet? Let me know what you think!
If you haven't seen it yet, I really think you should.

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  1. Ohh I loved this movie~ ^ ^
    It kept me guessing at every corner too! ^ - ^

    1. I definitely want to read the book now. I think it's nice to see what they've missed out when they turn books into movies!

      Ray xo