Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gone Girl Leaves You Speechless

Review of the movie, "Gone Girl."
Ben Affleck is looking for his wife in "Gone Girl." (New Regency Pictures)
“Huh.” That is what I said at the end of Gone Girl. I couldn’t really believe that that was the end of the movie. Like many others who hadn’t read the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay), I was left speechless. Gone Girl is a well-made movie, but not really an enjoyable one.

The basic premise of the story is that Amy Dunne has gone missing and may be murdered. Her husband, Nick, is the main suspect. The mystery slowly covers the five year marriage of the two with flashbacks and the reading of Amy’s diary. The two sources prove not to be the most reliable narrators.

Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Ben Affleck) are both writers. Amy’s mother is the author of a string of “Amazing Amy” children’s books, which supposedly tell of the exploits of Amy’s life, but they are more or less an exaggeration of facts. Always the dutiful daughter, Amy goes along with her mother’s wished to promote her books, but she resents her for it as well.


On the morning of the Dunne’s 5th wedding anniversary, Nick visits his bar that he co-owns with his sister Margo (Carrie Coon) and basically states how terrible his marriage is. When he goes home, he finds the glass coffee table in the living room is smashed and his wife is nowhere to be found. Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) arrive to investigate the scene of the crime who find more questions than they find answers for. As it turns out, both Amy and Nick had their own hidden secrets and one by one, they get exposed to the light. Tyler Perry plays a high profile lawyer who doesn’t seem to care if Nick is guilty or not and Neil Patrick Harris plays an old flame of Amy’s, who appears to not have much significance to the story…at first.