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February 12 2015 @ 12:13 pm
Review: Gone Girl (movie)  

GONE GIRL -- directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn -- unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Another free movie and thank goodness it was something I didn't have to pay for because what a terrible movie.

Not only is the story rather dark and mindblogglingly crazy but even the characters you end up feeling like you should sympathize with can't have it because of their seemly lack of moral compass.

I won't tell the outcome though I will say I'm glad I rebuffed the temptation to read the book because should it have been anything even similar; I would have been angry I'd read it.

For me I felt the movie was a waste of my time completely. I will say Ben Affleck did a good job in his role. I don't hate on him as much at most. But in all honest any good acting on anyone's part couldn't make up for the truly sickening story.

I wish I hadn't bothered.
Jo Ann: Adam: Shocked GIFyeuxdebleu on February 13th, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
Wow! This was a shock to read. I absolutely LOVED the book, couldn't put it down. And I would give the movie six stars. Rosamund Pike was a revelation and I've always liked Ben Affleck both as an actor and a director.

To each his own; this is why there's vanilla and chocolate ice cream. :>)
Jill aka Jo: Stock: Bear drinking Starbuckssireesanwar on February 13th, 2015 12:55 am (UTC)
Yep. To each their own.

My sister read the book and basically told me she couldn't stand a single character. I thought about reading it but just watched the movie to see what the hype was about.

I just couldn't like anyone in the movie and I didn't want to route for anyone to come out on top. Plus I'm into movies that have a resolution and this movie just lacked that.

I do like Ben. He's had some bad movies but I actually think he's a good actor and gets a bad rap. I haven't seen Rosamund Pike in anything before this and while she did a good job there was something about her that just felt fake the entire time. I don't know if that is because she was supposed to be a fake in the movie or if I just didn't appreciate her acting.
tommycruisestommy50702 on February 21st, 2015 04:18 am (UTC)
I agree with you.
Jo Ann: Cats: Contented smiling catyeuxdebleu on February 21st, 2015 05:47 am (UTC)
girlspell: triggergirlspell on February 13th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
I thought the book terrific. The author has written two of the books and yes....the heroins are quite dark. You can't really call them heroins. The characters are very gritty. Since the success of the book, several new books have appeared...all with the same dark, gritty female characters. I don't know if it's a trend or what. Might be a trend. Because that book made the author a ton of money.
Jill aka Jo: ST: Dual Spocksireesanwar on February 13th, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
See I have trouble with this kind of darkness. But I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

Probably a trend. I don't mind dark as long as our hero/heroine is essentially good.

In this story that just can't be said.
girlspell: reading under a treegirlspell on February 13th, 2015 08:30 pm (UTC)
There is a much better book I recently read and was very, very impressed. It will soon be a film. It's called Girl on a Train. It's a scary, sometimes funny book about recently divorced women in the UK commuting on the train 5 days a week. The twist is that she doesn't have a job. She got fired and divorced with days of each other. But still she travels on the train. She's morally more stable compared to Girl Gone, the daily train trips goes my her old house with her husband still there with a new woman. She ends up becoming a sleuth because a women goes missing from one of the houses she sees going by on the train. And there's a killer on the loose and strange characters on the train. Great book. I devoured it in 2 hours.
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Nurse Clairesireesanwar on February 13th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
I just heard about this from another friend. I need to look into this book because it actually does sound interesting.

Jo Ann: AG: GIF Jesse nodding yesyeuxdebleu on February 21st, 2015 05:46 am (UTC)
Oh yes! Girl on a Train is terrific.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 2nd, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
It is on my To Read list. I already have it on my Kindle but I don't know when I'll get to it.
tracyj23: AoS - Coulson looking uptracyj23 on February 13th, 2015 06:27 pm (UTC)
You're not the first person I've seen giving it a bad review. I'm definitely going to give it a pass. I like Ben Affleck - always have - but I don't want to waste my time on a movie with characters I can't get into.
Jill aka Jo: Movie: Captain America Not Freesireesanwar on February 13th, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised how many people are telling me they liked the book and movie. But everyone likes something different.

I can't say you would hate it, but I would assume you would.

I like dark characters that you know are essentially good and this story lacked all goodness.
Angelserenitysangel on February 13th, 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
You already know I feel the same way.

Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 14th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
Finally someone who agrees. Thanks.
Jo Ann: Rob: Whatever GIFyeuxdebleu on February 21st, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
Slightly off topic, but I watched Boyhood a couple of days ago and other than the novelty of it being filmed over 12 years, I was unimpressed. I didn't care for any of the characters except the one played by Patricia Arquette and I didn't like the plot or script. I wish I could have seen Birdman before the Oscars, but it doesn't look like I will.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 2nd, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'd seen any of the movies except the Hotel one... what was that called... oh The Grand Budapest Hotel. I wasn't that keen on it.

Boyhood didn't even sound interesting though some of the others did and I've yet to see any except Gone Girl (obviously).
Jo Ann: Eddie Jack bare & Aliena POTEyeuxdebleu on March 2nd, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
I thought The Grand Budapest Hotel seemed totally stupid from the clips and trailers, but after it won so many awards, I recorded it when HBO had it so I could see what all the hoopla was about. I haven't watched it yet though.

I watched The Theory of Everything a few days ago and couldn't believe what a fantastic job Eddie Redmayne did. Watch it if you get a chance.

Edited at 2015-03-02 11:50 pm (UTC)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 3rd, 2015 12:50 am (UTC)
I didn't think much of it.

That one I did want to see so thanks... I'll check it out.
tommycruisestommy50702 on July 30th, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
"Gone Girl" is a nightmare of love gone cold and a relationship gone south.
Jill aka Jo: OB: Alison as Sarahsireesanwar on July 30th, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
Right! All I could think at the end was... my God she's still part of the world. Crazy! I like when good and right wins... call me crazy.