"Gone Girl" (2014)
The highly-anticipated film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best -selling 2012 thriller, 'Gone Girl' is finally here. And it did not disappoint. Directed by David Fincher ('The Social Network, 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'), "Gone Girl" is, in a word, phenomenal.
Fans of the book will certainly not be disappointed. While the film deviates from the novel in certain places, everything you loved is still there in Flynn's screenplay. The direction is razor-sharp, and the acting is great, as well. Ben Affleck has never been better as Nick Dunne, a man accused of killing his wife, and Rosamund Pike is electrifyingly brilliant as the wife, Amy Elliot Dunne. The supporting players are also quite effective, including Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, and standout Carrie Coon.
Even at two and a half hours, the film does not drag on at all. The twists and turns play out shockingly on the big screen. Without spoiling anything, the twists are some of the best shocks in any movie of the past several years. Sure to be a major player this awards season, Pike gives the type of performance that is soon to become iconic. "Gone Girl" is the must-see movie of 2014.
Opened: October 3, 2014