Gone Girl, the David Fincher directed film based on the 2012 book of the same name written by Gillian Flynn. The film stars Batfleck (Ben Affleck), Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), and Carrie Coon. Gone Girl has been one of my most anticipated films of this year. I have been looking forward to it ever since the announcement. Though I have not read the book, this movie made me want to.
Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne(Batfleck) who returns home early on the day of his 5th anniversary only to find what seems to be that someone has broken into his home, and his wife Amy(Pike) missing. As Nick’s life is in a frenzy, a media circus begins to turn the case upside down. The police and public begin to question Nick as the more in the spotlight he is, the more of his shortcomings and deceitful behavior come to light. Which leads everyone to ask the frightening question, Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Gone Girl is a riveting tale with twist and turns around every corner. And like I said, I never read the book, but watching this film, I got the feeling it was playing out like a book, and makes me want to read it. The story has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Trying to figure out what’s coming, thinking you are about to take a right, then the film takes a left. I could never predict what was happening next, nor could I take my thoughts away from this film. The run time on the film is 149 minutes, but there’s not a single minute that you feel it. When it ended I hadn’t even realized I had spent 2 and half hours in the theater.
The stars are definitely on par. For the record, I am huge supporter of Batfleck, not just for him as Batman, but his career over all. I know he did Gigli, get over it. He also did The Town, Changing Lanes, Argo, Good Will Hunting, and besides, Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms yo! So that said, he is at the top of his game this go around. Hopefully the haters will finally be silenced by his performance. If you called it right now, I’d have to say I’d give him a nomination, it would probably be in the 5th and final spot, but I’d say he gets one. On that note, Rosamund Pike takes the statue this year. No doubt. She steals the show. I don’t know the girl very well, a matter of fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever even see her in anything else. But mark my words, she takes the statue for Best Actress. And Barney, well he kind of once again plays Barney, a much calmer, and kind of creepy Barney, but I still saw Barney. That’s nothing against NPH, he is very good in the film.
So needless to say, Gone Girl is amazing. I gave the film a Jeebus Score of 5.2, with a .1 bonus, now the bonus would have been more, but it actually took me out of the film. There is a cameo, all though I guess it’s not really a cameo, more of just a roll that went to an actor. But, the actor, is Minkus from the early seasons of Boy Meets World. Played by Lee Norris, he nothing more than a bit part cop with a few lines, but I loved Boy Meets World! And Minkus was great! So even though it took me out of the film for a second, I’m still giving it a .1 bonus, bringing the Jeebus score total to 5.3, Multiple Viewings Required.