Spoilers O Plenty
Gone Girl was one of the year’s most highly anticipated movies apparently because of the popularity of the book it was based upon with the same name. Also it had a high profile director and a star that as of late is “controversial” whenever cast in anything now. It has had two consecutive weeks as number one in the nation and seems like another triumph for director David Fincher. Not only that but the usual rumors swirl around this type of Oscar bait on whether or not it has a chance against such and such movie or could it take home Best Picture. Off of a great looking trailer and an interest to see if Affleck is getting any better at acting like he seems to be, I went this weekend. Was it up to the hype?
One morning Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns to his house in the suburbs of Missouri to find that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) is not there like he expected. It also looks like a struggle happened. He quickly calls the police who begin to investigate the missing person and over the next several days find links that say Nick murdered his wife. Expensive purchases, infidelity, an unraveling marriage, inaccuracies in his story and so on. The media and his town quickly turn on him and also suspect him of a murder. All accept his loving twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon) who continually supports him and suspects his innocence because of how horrible his wife was. She also helps him to enlist a big wig lawyer from New York, Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry), who wants to help Nick not look so bad to the nation. As the cops investigate, so does Nick and he finds things about his wife he never knew.
Okay…turn away now if you don’t want to be spoiled on this movie because I am going to spoil everything because that’s how I want to review this movie. Still here? Okay then. Let’s get the good out of the way. The acting, across the board is all superb. Yes, even Tyler Perry which really pains me to say. The music and style of the film is all up there with great looking movies. Tension in parts is really well paced and rewarding in making the viewer feel Nicks struggles as well as his growing frustration. Now let’s get onto why this movie has nothing else to offer.
Nick didn’t do it. His wife hates him and has been planning to frame him for her murder for a very long time. When her plan breaks down and she is forced to call upon an old boyfriend who she also abused mentally, that turns into her new plan. She kills that boyfriend, framing him and coming back to Nick after Nick figures out what she is really doing. She then manipulates him to stay with her. Now, I know that this movie is supposed trying to feel smart, what with the hipster snarky dialogue through most of the flashbacks and making the audience guess what’s next, but it fails and it fails big time.
There are so many holes in the wife’s story that she would have never, NEVER gotten away with this in the real world. She got away with it in the film because that’s what they wanted, but they left gapping plot holes. One, the cop in charge of the case asks legitimate questions to poke holes in Amy’s story, but she is shut down by idiot FBI men who feel sorry for the battered woman. I call bullstuffings. No cop would just let her story stand without some sort of verification or follow up. Two and this is the big one, the framing of the old boyfriend. She states he was the one that kidnapped her, but he would have easily been found to be somewhere far away for the whole day by a quick call to his office, his cell phone records or the fact that every house he owns has cameras that record all the time. When hiding out in his lake house, she plays for the camera that she is being beaten, but that’s one angle! She had no access to the cameras to delete everything else and even if she did that would cause more suspicion. Other camera angles would have showed what really happened, like how she dipped her freaking pajamas into wine to make her look bloody in the one camera angle! Also, as Nick points out at the hospital, if she was tied up the entire time, how did she get a box cutter to kill the man supposedly holding her captive? Also, the only supposed camera angle the police looked at, she could have easily gotten out because the ex-boyfriend didn’t lock her in. The whole premise of the second half of this movie and final act is that everyone but the Amy character are complete and utter incompetent morons. To think this woman would get away with anything with all the mess ups she did is asinine and takes the viewer out of the movie.
If the filmmakers had taken time not to have all this idiocy, and there’s a lot, maybe we’d have a better movie, but instead we have something that by role of credits you are angry at. But the fact that Pike was so good in her role that you hated her character shows great acting, so that’s why this one barely gets the rating below. Lots of unnecessary sexual scenes and one very violent scene as a warning for any of you who still want to see the film.
2 stars out of 4