Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) both have secrets in Gone Girl.

Reel Reviews: Gone Girl is one twisted sister

“Gone Girl is easily one of the most interesting movies of the year.”

  • Oct. 12, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) came home to find his living room in shambles and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. It isn’t long before her missing person’s case becomes a media circus and Nick becomes a suspect in her murder.

We say, “Gone Girl is easily one of the most interesting movies of the year.”

TAYLOR: The first rule of Gone Girl is, you don’t talk about Gone Girl. Although this is true, because GG is a tale of twists and turns and to discuss them would ruin the massive surprises you have in store, it does make reviewing the film difficult.

Director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) has given us yet another movie that plays with our heads and does so with a studied social commentary. Online chatter about the movie has people asking: “What’s the deal with Gone Girl?” And this is exactly the film’s strength. First you’re going to ask it, then you’re going to ask it again, louder. Then you’re going to shout (hopefully in your head), “Holy moly! What is with these people?” This is what I loved about Gone Girl. Although I loved everything else about it too.

HOWE: It helps if you have a strong script, dialogue and acting ability in a movie. And Gone Girl has truckloads of the stuff.  What I really liked about it was that it really messed with my head: One minute I’m thinking, “no he didn’t do it,” then the next I’m like, “yes he did,” then back to, “no he didn’t.”

TAYLOR: I agree. Even that tall glass of tepid tap water Ben Affleck was effective, but to be fair, he does play a rather taciturn fellow. I did like the reality based feel of the dialogue; no need to suspend your disbelief here. Everything seems very real, at times the reality of the story is being crammed down your throat. This too is one of the more interesting aspects of the story. At first I thought the film, in its entirety, was going to be a trial movie where the truth was placed second to a perceived truth. But we don’t get to trial. Things get crazy instead.

HOWE: The acting from the lead roles of Pike and Affleck  all the way down to the cat were great, and seeing that I’m not a huge fan of Pike that says a lot. I think that I can safely say this is the first time that I have seen her in a role that is of a serious nature and that she can actually act. On the other hand we have Affleck, who always looks smug on the screen. He has talent as we have seen in his past movies, Argo, Good Will Hunting and Daredevil, to name just a few.

TAYLOR: Daredevil?! That’s hilarious. See the girl before she’s gone.

– Howe gives Gone Girl 4.5 board games out of 5.

– Taylor gives it 5 champagne bottles out of 5.

The film is currently playing at the Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.

Peter Howe and Brian Taylor are film reviewers based in Vernon, B.C. Their column, Reel Reviews, appears in The Morning Star Friday and Sunday.

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