Jean-Paul’s Rating: 4/5 stars
Bottom line: A long movie that didn’t feel like it. Even though I knew the twists from reading the book, the movie kept my interest due to great acting and an excellent musical score.
When I reviewed “Gone Girl” the book, I said that I was looking forward to seeing the movie even though I thought the book was mediocre. This was because I recognized the hooks in the book that would make for interesting silver screen storytelling. I am happy to report that I am right.
The movie is pretty faithful to the book, with only minor departures from the source material. Just like the book, the movie does a really good job of introducing you to the main characters and makes them all feel human, if not humane. That’s part of what’s enjoyable about the movie. There are no good people. Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) are the storybook couple gone completely off the rails. Ben Affleck does a great job portraying a ruggedly handsom everyman with a penchant for showing the wrong emotions at the wrong time. Rosamund Pike is fantastic as Amy and even makes a pretty stunning physical transformation half way through the movie.
What really makes all of the elements of the movie stick together and brings out the emotions of the characters is the fantastic musical score done by none other than Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Reznor, as you are probably aware, has a very industrial sounding mix to his music and he plays that up in this movie to maximum effect. As the big reveals approach, we are treated to a melodious clanging cacophony that heightens the experience wonderfully.
Yep, this one is worth seeing. It’s a long one at 149 minutes so be sure to empty your bladder beforehand. If you liked the book, you’ll be very happy with the transformation onto the screen. If you haven’t read the book, get ready for a roller coaster and enjoy the ride.