Not a movie for a 1st date. Review – Gone Girl

Melodrama, Marital dichotomy, Murder mystery or Thriller?

But whatever it is;  I strongly suggest that it is not a good idea to go and watch this on a first date.

I saw ” Gone Girl” the second day it opened in UK and for an 17:40 weekday show, it was unusually packed.  At least 70% of the audience were girls either in groups but mainly in two’s.  I guess “girl” in the title means and suggests it might be, a chick flick.  But what a surprise.

*SPOILER ALERT*

“Gone Girl” is art and entertainment, a thriller and an issue, and an eerily assured audience picture. It is also a film that shifts emphasis and perspective so many times that you may feel as though you’re watching five short movies strung together, each morphing into the next.

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Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language

149 minutes

Source: rogerebert

Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a struggling New York writer who finds more success with party pick-up lines than he does with getting his works published. His charming banter quickly tractor beams in the alluring Amy (Rosamund Pike, delivering career-best work), the daughter of a successful author who made millions writing books based on his little girl, albeit the more ideal and “likable” version of her. (“Daddy issues” are just one of many emotional scabs Amy can’t stop picking.)

Their relationship and eventual marriage — the good and especially the bad — unfolds parallel to Amy’s disappearance, all while Amy narrates the tale using entries from her diary which conveniently frames Nick as her potential murderer.

Local PD and national media are put in a frenzy, as Nick’s near-perfect husband persona gradually unravels once his infidelity becomes the stuff of Nancy Grace-like TV specials. Soon, the evidence points to foul play, and Nick becomes his own ticking clock — he must find out what happened to his wife before the media and the police put him in prison, which, as the movie unfolds, seems like a vacation spot compared to the marriage he has been trapped in.

Source: Comic Book Resource

Nick is the sap in this story: the slightly dim midwesterner with laid-back “B” personality who may or may not be a murderer. We are told that his idea of culture is “watching a reality-TV marathon with one hand down his boxers.” When Amy goes missing, he is the natural suspect…….. Amy, who loves mind games and treasure hunts, leaves clues for her dim-witted husband to try to decipher. Fincher (David Fincher’) enjoys doing something similar. From the incriminating pair of knickers discovered in Nick’s office to Amy’s gushing, overwritten diary entries, this is a missing person case which constantly teeters on the edge of absurdity.

Source: Independent

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