Gone Girl Review (or “Bitches Be Crazy, Yo”)

There’s no way around it.

I can’t write a good review of Gone Girl without spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it. I tried, but I ended up with a vague, unsatisfying mess about how it was “Interesting”.

So basically, if you plan on seeing it, wait until afterwards to read this.

But if you’ve come this far and want a basic recommendation on whether or not you should go to see it, then I would say yes, you should.gonegirl

Gone Girl Review: What’s It About?

When his wife disappears on their 5th Anniversary in suspicious circumstances, a man comes under intense media scrutiny as being the one to blame.

Gone Girl Review: Who’s In It?

Just like What We Did On Our Holiday, this stars Rosamund Pike, who now has an American accent. Other actors involved include the lead actor Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Conn and Kim Dickens. It’s also got that creepy bloke who played Mouth on One Tree Hill. Urgh. And even more annoyingly, nobody killed him. Creepy bastard.

Gone Girl Review: How Highly Is It Rated?

With an 8.8 on imdb from just under 10,000 votes and reviews of 4 or 5 stars across the board, this is one highly rated movie.

Thoughts

This is a movie that works because of its twist. An hour or so in, I was getting bored with the “Is the husband to blame” angle, and though I think everyone could see the revelation that Amy was still alive coming, what made it work was that the majority of what we’d seen of her so far – i.e. her diary entries – was fabricated. That’s a fantastic swerve in the plot and saved me from genuinely feeling like I might nod off.

Up to that point, it wasn’t entirely clear whether or not Affleck’s character was the villain of the piece, but after the reveal that Amy had planned the whole thing to frame him for kidnap, rape and/or murder, it made it clear in my eyes. Oh sure, he had an affair, and I imagine there will be some people out there who take the view that a man who plays away from home is the worst possible type of person in the universe, but his indiscretions were dwarfed by the madness and villainy of Amy.

The silly thing is, having the woman be the villain and having her impart her views on sexual politics (i.e. that she felt women model themselves in the image of their partner’s ideal) has drawn controversy towards the writer. It’s like in some people’s eyes, a woman can never be seen to be the one in the wrong. Then again, there’ll be some blokes out there who just take the view that “Bitches be crazy. yo” and that Amy’s actions are par for the course.

That’s daft of course. There are bad eggs everywhere, men and women alike. As is the case here, both of them are flawed people, it’s just that she’s a lot worse.

Going back to the plot though, and I did feel that her villainy was confused at times. With her husband at last under arrest, she could easily have kept under the radar, but then decided she’d murder the bloke she was hiding out with (the unconvincing Neil Patrick Harris, who I expected to break into Barney Stinson-isms at any moment) and return home, surely knowing her reception would not be a welcome one.

Also, why did she die her hair a colour that was practically the same as her previous one and why did she hit herself in the face with a hammer?

And the ending annoyed me a bit. As story-book as it might have been, I did want to see her get her comeuppance, and was disappointed not to. I get that showing how flawed the two of them were adds more depth for sophisticated people, but I wanted to see her put to jail.

Ach well.

Anyway, on the whole, this was a good story that just managed to save itself before I switched off. It had an engaging plot, an interesting method of telling the story that felt fresh, and it was mostly well acted.

I just would have preferred it was slightly shorter and had a more conclusive ending.

 

 

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