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Gone Girl: A misleading title to 2014’s most intriguing thriller?

It just so happens that on a faithful day in July, I came across the trailer for Gone Girl; not so shabby I thought, this could be a nice watch.

The movie has Ben Affleck in it (whom I think has become such a great actor since he turned director), Rosamund Pike (who until now had not really seared herself into my consciousness), Tyler Perry (who… never mind) and was directed by David Fincher (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Se7en, Social Network, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Zodiac etc.). But as the case is a lot of times, I didn’t dwell much on the trailer (you know trailers lie right?).

Synopsis: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

Fast Forward to October….. Gone Girl had just been released and I was looking for something cool to go watch with my nephew. The following conversation takes place:

Nephew: So what movie do you think we should go watch?

Me: Well, based on the timing, I think we may have to watch Gone Girl.

Nephew: Gone Girl? What’s that? Sounds like a chick flick. Who’s in it?

Me: It does right? Well, it’s got the latest Batman in it and looks like a thriller, forget the title, it’s not a chick flick.

Nephew: Ok then, if you say so.

May I state now that I believe this has been one of my best movie choices this year!
Gone Girl is an intelligent tale of power dynamics in a marriage that keeps you glued to the screen for a full 2hrs 29mins. It develops from a case of ‘whudunnit’ to a case of ‘why’ till you get your mind blown away, literally!

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The movie is paced by the skills of a seasoned director, slowly revealing different depths to the tale and layers to the characters. It is almost like a case of eating very nice jollof rice, slowly savouring how tasty it is till you get to the bottom of the pot where the tastiest chunk lies.

Forget how good an actor Ben Affleck is, Rosamund Pike steals the show hands down!!!! If you didn’t know her before Gone Girl, I can assure you that you will not forget her soon after watching her performance in this flick. This is not to say the other actors didn’t strut their stuff, as Director David Fincher pulls out the best from each cast member (even brother Tyler and Mr Harris) to make the story a well-developed whole.

2BI’m trying really hard not to divulge any spoilers as that would ruin the thrill of watching the film but I would say this, it’s not usually a fluke for a movie to have a rating of 8.5 on IMDb, 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, 79% on Metacritic and 2B on MoviePencil.

You know you just have to watch this don’t you?
In the words of my nephew, ‘don’t let the title deceive you.’ This is an amazing film.

Verdict

N.B: This movie is an adaptation of the book by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay) and we must give due credit to her. On another note, it’s an R-Rated film so no toddlers allowed please. (Ya, my nephew is 21).

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