Welcome to Friday Flicks! Every Friday I pick a movie and provide a little insight about from a viewer’s perspective.
Our movie today is Gone Girl, based on the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn with the same title.
- IMDB – 8.1/10
- Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
- Me – 9.3/10
About the Movie
A New York Times Best Seller novel, Gone Girl was directed by David Fincher (I just realized that out of my 2 Friday Flicks movies, both were directed by David Fincher); starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Writing teacher Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) comes home to find his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Her disappearance was a big deal as she was her parents’ Amazing Amy, a children’s book based from her.
Upon investigation, the police gathered evidences such as blood stains, her diary, and a lot more things that makes Nick the primary suspect of a possible murder. This is heightened by his apathetic behavior interpreted by media as a trait of a sociopath.
But don’t be fooled, it’s not as simple as it seems. There’s a whole other “world” that you will discover as you watch the movie.
Why You Should Watch It
I don’t have any idea whatsoever about this movie until a friend of mine shared the trailer with me. The trailer alone was created beautifully. It shows the plot and will make you “feel” there’s something missing, something you need to know.
I have expressed my admiration for David Fincher as he has the ability to portray characters simply by imitating their behaviors. Watching the trailer will make you wonder, paranoid even, that the mystery presented at face value is not entirely true.
Knowing the movie was made from a novel, I bought the book to read first before I watched the movie (I want to imagine everything else and compare them to the movie afterwards). Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are both incredible in this film. They have portrayed the characters so swiftly that you can feel genuine STRONG emotions towards them as individual human beings and not as fictional characters.
This might be just a work of imagination but it was a very realistic story that will make you afraid of the possibilities of the events to actually happen.
The movie is something I would watch more than once just because I wanted to feel it again. It’s that kind of art that will make you ask yourself “this is seriously disturbing, but I like it? Why?”. It has a way of communicating with the audience the awful events, almost as if violating everyone in force participation just by watching it.
It’s the perfect epitome of the motto: expect the unexpected.
As much as I want to give more details away, I don’t want to spoil the movie to those who haven’t seen it yet or haven’t heard about it. Please, do not read or watch anything other than the trailer. You have to experience it first hand (or read it first if you’re like me).
My Key Takeaways
Oh boy, here we go:
- Love works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, opposites attract. Sometimes, two similar people fits perfectly. The journey does not end in marriage, you continuously learn something new about your spouse, good or bad (or very very bad).
- Every relationship requires a lot of work but marriage is on a whole new level. In this case, hell. How you decide to work on every issue, every fight, is a critical event in itself.
- Anyone can do drastic things when the right strings are pulled. This movie made me believe that putting yourself on someone else’s shoe is not a guarantee that you will fully understand their situation. Either because they’re wired in a severely different way mentally, or you’re a psycho.
- The media has a strong power to manipulate facts and spread false news. Pretty self explanatory.
- There is still a good pool of quality movies and books out there!!
- Empire Award for Best Actress – Rosamund Pike (2015)
- People’s Choice Award for Favorite Thriller Movie (2015)
Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (2015)
- Author Gillian Flynn negotiated to provide the first draft of screenplay for the movie (most authors are not included in the film adaptations as there are screenwriters taking over). But director David Fincher agreed to have her responsible for the whole screenplay upon reading her draft. They share similar sentiments about the book and wanted the same things for the movie.
- Ben Affleck postpones directing Live By Night to work on this film saying “Fincher is the only director I’ve met who can do everybody else’s job better than they do”.
- On first day of set, Affleck changed the setting of the camera lens betting the crew that Fincher wouldn’t notice. He lost the bet after Fincher said “why does the camera look a little dim?”
- Production had to be shut down due to Affleck’s refusal to wear a New York Yankees cap for his character (he’s a die hard Red Sox fan), “David, I love you. I would do anything for you. But I will not wear a Yankees hat”. They compromised by having him wear a Mets cap instead.
- This is Ben Affleck’s first full frontal nudity on screen (you’d be surprised to not remember this after watching the movie).
- This is the second time in a row of Fincher’s movie having the world “girl” in the title. First was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Again, also coincidentally my first Friday Flicks topic.