Gone Girl (2014)

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

If you haven’t read the book Gone Girl, crawl out from under your rock and read it right now, because this is definitely a case of the book being better than the movie. I don’t mean to imply that the movie is bad, because it’s really fine–the book is just way better.

The reasons:

1. A hour of rising action is just not enough time to get the viewer properly convinced of Nick’s guilt. The book does a much better job of furnishing a gazillion little tells that make the reader believe Nick is a wife killer. (Or maybe that Ben Affleck is just too darn cute to ever look like a murderer. But I digress.)

2. Casting. I’m down with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, but Tyler Perry is never believable as a Johnnie Cochran type, and Neil Patrick Harris is just weird in the role of Desi. He’s supposed to be a lovesick fool, but he comes across as a creeptastic almost-rapist.

3. It’s a little hard to follow if you haven’t read the book. Or so I am told by my husband, who had the same complaint about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Rooney Mara/Daniel Craig version). The diary structure doesn’t flow as smoothly in the movie as in the book, so all the jumping around in time gets a little confusing.

Located in Adult DVDs (DVD GONE). Rental also available!


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