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Dome Pondering Movie Review: Gone Girl (2014)

What is it about? 

When his wife disappears, the situations goes public and then becomes an issue for a man when the spotlight is turned on him as his innocence is questioned. 

Who is in it? 

Ben Affleck - Nick Dunne

Rosamund Pike - Amy dunne

Neil Patrick Harris - Desi Collins

Tyler Perry - Tanner Bolt

Favorite Scene: 

After the accusations continued to mount, Nick agreed to do a national interview which turned the tide of the set-up, and the entire situation. 

Favorite Quote: 

"When I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers. The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?"

Review:

After finishing "Gone Girl", one will definitely be left thinking a myriad of things. For one, "holy crap that was twisted" will be the first, but most likely followed up by "but that was a really, really good film!". That's exactly what I said. And truthfully, that is because it is. Gone Girl is a bit long with a somewhat skeptical ending, but very enticing. The film has an interesting, methodical build that plays on the incremental segments of each side of the story making for a great pace and overall, a spectacular film. 

Gone Girl also left this viewer, as it probably did with all viewers, with thoughts about how we change and how we change others within our marriage, how we pretend to be different people with certain people, how the mass media can portray what they want of whomever they want, and of course, how narcissism affects it all. Are we ever truly just ourselves with others? Scary stuff. 

As always, Ben Affleck was solid. Tyler Perry was as well (I actually enjoy him more as an actor than his directed movies). However, after watching this film, no viewer can disagree that Rosamund Pike in the role of Anna Dunne stole each scene and eventually the movie. She just has the twisted individual gimmick down. So well done. 

All in all, Gone Girl is phenomenal. Be sure to check it out. I guarantee you'll be left saying the exactly same statements I did. 

Review: 4.25/5

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