Intense | Disturbing | Incredible
Release Date: Friday October 3, 2014
Runtime: 149 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
There are many things that go into a making a great movie. The usual elements that we measure include the cast, performances, plot, direction, score, etc. However, if a movie hits on most or all of these points, but is ultimately forgettable, it cannot be considered great. That brings us to “Gone Girl”, a new release by director David Fincher (“Se7en”, “Fight Club”) and Ben Affleck (“The Town”, “Argo”). It has been several days since I’ve seen this film, and I am still floored. It grabs you in the opening minutes and does not let go.
With some movies it is important to go in with no expectations, and this is one of those movies. With that said, this is going to be a spoiler-free review. This is a powerful movie that you should experience for yourself.
Without giving too much away, I will say that the performances of both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were amazing. The story follows dual narrative perspectives and each narrative calls for a different type of performance from the leads. In a sense, both actors are playing two different characters each of which fits into the other player’s narrative as well as their own. It’s not an easy task and they absolutely nail it.
David Fincher’s direction brings its characteristic attention to detail and visual flair. He maintained tension throughout and kept me fully engaged. By the end, the entire audience was left punch-drunk from emotional journey they had just endured. If “Gone Girl” walks away next year with awards (and it certainly might) it will be partly because voters were unable to stop thinking about it
On the It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale from one to ten where 1 is the worst, 5 is the best and 10 is the worst again, I give “Gone Girl” a 5.13498309483098 with an emoticon based sub-ranking of “Wow. SHOCKER.”