Gone Girl is currently in theaters
Gone Girl (2014) – Rated R
“With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.”
Casting. That is what I want to talk about here. The single greatest strength of Gone Girl, beyond the story, is the casting. In particular, the casting of Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck is a very likable actor with just a hint of insincerity and smugness. This fits his role in Gone Girl to a T. This was absolutely perfect casting.
I don’t mean to say that Affleck doesn’t give a good performance here because he absolutely does. Its just that this role seems tailor-made for him in much the same was as Schwarzenegger was a perfect Conan and Terminator and Keanu Reeves nailing it as Neo. Rosamund Pike is wonderful as the titular Gone Girl.
The supporting cast is great too. I have never seen the Madea films but Tyler Perry is quite good as celebrity lawyer Tanner Bolt. Kim Dickens impresses as the detective investigating the case. Neil Patrick Harris proves he can handle drama as well as comedy.
Gillian Flynn adapts her own bestseller here. I have not read the book but I would assume since she adapted it, that there are few differences. A lot of the diary sequences are quite thought-provoking and seem a fairly honest and unflattering look at marriage.
David Fincher’s direction is smart, dark, and slick. I find him to be very hit-or-not quite hit. Benjamin Button, Panic Room and The Game were mildly amusing. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was good but so was the original adaptation and Fincher’s did not particularly improve upon that. Alien 3 was an intriguing misfire, the more so if you watch the extended version. On the other hand Fight Club, Seven, and Zodiac were all excellent with Fight Club moving into brilliant territory. I suppose if you have dark material to adapt to the screen, Fincher is an excellent choice to handle it.
Obviously I don’t want to talk too much about Gone Girl because I wouldn’t want to spoil any of the myriad surprises involved. The only negative thing I have to say is that the movie had nearly a perfect ending…and then went on for ten more minutes, actually undercutting the ‘proper’ ending.
Go see Gone Girl. I would not be surprised to see it nominated come awards season.