Claudio Says GONE GIRL Is A Jaw Dropping Experience!

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FILM REVIEW: GONE GIRL

 

By Claudio Zelaya

 

This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year next to X-Men: Days of Futures Past and Interstellar. Wow, does it feel like Oscar season already or is it just me? This film is based on the popular novel by Gillian Flynn of the same name. After “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and “The Social Network” , I have complete faith in David Fincher as a director until he proves otherwise. His fingerprints are all over this piece of art. This is a very character driven story that takes more twists and turns than you’d expect but they’re timed very well. Gone Girl follows Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, and supporting characters detective Rhonda Boney(Kim Dickens), Margo Dunne(Carrie Coon), and Tanner Bolt(Tyler Perry) as they try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of his wife, Amy Dunne, played brilliantly by Rosemund Pike.

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We start off with Nick getting word that something terrible has transpired at his house. He comes home to find out his wife, the amazing Amy, is missing. It’s because of her public figure that the town volunteers to help Nick in his quest to find answers. However, like most murder cases, the attention always turns to the spouse at some point or another as the whole country begins to see Nick unravel right in front of them. Detective Boney is determined to not arrest Nick until she has undeniable proof that he murdered his wife. Isn’t it nice to see someone actually think and not act impulsively? Like Scott said in his review, the theme of the media craze is heavily explored in this movie. It shows how people treat national stories like this like a popcorn movie. Nick is cautious of how he acts in front of the cameras just so he can stay off Nancy Grace’s lips. Any slip up of the sort will turn him into a pariah or an overnight darling. It was in these parts of the movie where it seemed to sort of parody that kind of hysteria the media creates.

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As we continue through this two hour and twenty-five minute adventure, we’re given clues, literally, that seem to retrace Amy’s steps before she went missing. The interesting part about these clues is that each time we got one we got a flashback of moments in their marriage that reveal a little more about each of them. It’s hard to talk any further about the plot without giving anything away. That’s how clever this movie was from start to finish. The heart beat in the background during the most intense scenes made me even more excited. Sound quality adds way more than you think!

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I promise anyone reading this that if they had any doubt about Ben Affleck’s acting ability in the upcoming “Batman v Superman” movie, then let your worry melt away. His career as an actor has had a few hiccups, but I think his new hobby of directing has increased his level of acting to a point I knew he had in him. He played a damaged and flawed husband perfectly while still giving enough ambiguity to keep us guessing if he truly killed his wife. The chemistry he has with Carrie Coon displays the best relationship in this movie. Twins who through the thick of it all sticks together until the truth rears its ugly head. While Tyler Perry’s character is pivotal to the story, it’s still a small role that doesn’t fully showcase his abilities as a serious actor. However, his on screen charisma did flesh out his character more.

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As great as this cast did, I have to tip my hat off to Rosemund Pike. She is truly menacing in this role. I may be getting ahead of myself, but I’m going to call it right now. She will get nominated for her role as Amy Dunne. If she doesn’t then it’s a damn shame because she brings this broken woman to life with such grace that it’s a pure snub if she isn’t nominated for an Oscar. I wish I could say more about this movie, but I will go as far as to say that it’s my favorite of the year so far. Throughout this long movie, I was kept at the edge of my seat the entire time. The ending, however, might rub some people the wrong way as it did for me. It didn’t take away too much of the experience though. There were a lot of lessons to be learned from this film in regards to love, marriage, and honesty. It’s a beautiful movie and I loved it. I leave anyone reading this with one phrase : nothing is as it seems.

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FINAL WORD: StarStarStarHalf Star