Gone Girl

Posted on October 3, 2014

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Gone Girl – Amy Elliott (Rosamund Pike) has lived in the shadow of Amazing Amy, a character fictionalized by her parents Rand and Mary Beth Elliott (David Clemmons, Lisa Banes) and one that has made them rich. She meets the man of her dreams Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and at first it seems that together they are too good to be true. It is. They have this fake happiness. Shortly before their fifth anniversary, Amy is missing. Amy loves treasure hunts and has left behind clues to her disappearance. Soon all signs point to Nick as the reason why she is gone. He’s been having an affair with one of his creative writing students. He recently increased the life insurance on Amy. He was about to ask for a divorce.

It’s based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn and in some respects is better in that it brings out a lot more humor. This is the perfect movie for Affleck since it often requires a blank, no-one-is-home look which he does so well. Ms. Pike is terrific in her pathological liar role. She’s cold and manipulative. Kim Dickens uses her Southern twang as Det. Rhonda Boney who wants so much to believe Nick is telling the truth. Tyler Perry does a wonderful job as the lawyer who keeps murderous husbands out of jail. Loved Carrie Coon who plays Dunne’s twin sister Margo “Go” – she has great lines like “Complicated is code for bitch” and “That’s like a little box of hate.”

Neil Patrick Harris plays a former boyfriend (Desi Collings) who is all about control. Sela Ward (remember her from Sisters – well, she now has a really tight forehead) is a TV journalist who shows Nick in a positive light. Relationships, especially marriage, and how the media influences our opinions are all looked at here.

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