I was so excited to see Gone Girl. I read the book on my trip to Minnesota and could not put it down. So Yesterday I went with my co-workers to see the movie after we finished canvassing at a local theater in Concord, New Hampshire. We were a little bit late and walked in on a graphic sex scene. (It was awkward sitting next to my coworkers.)
Book vs Movie
Gone girl was a mind fuck. It followed the book for the most part but I feel like it lacked the psychological warfare between Nick and Amy. In the book Nick falls back in love with Amy through her letters that accompany the clues until he realizes that she was framing him. Then he reached out to her through the reporter and then the TV interview to get Amy to comeback. Then she falls back in love with him. The movie made it seem like Amy saw that one TV interview and automatically fell back in love with him. It was like she forgot that he cheated on her and that she spent a year planning to frame Nick for her murder. (To be fair Amy was crazy, so I guess it does not have to make sense.)
I thought Amy was cast really well. She lived up to the exception I had of Amy from the book. She is really good at crazy. I also loved Neil Patrick Harris as Desi. Just the right balance of creepy and weird. He is truly a chameleon and such a versatile actor. (I’m sad he had such a bloody death.) Ben Affleck was good too.
I was not surprised by the ending because I read the book but when I read the book I thought he had killed her. I could not believe that she was setting him up. She was a sociopath. Then she killed poor Desi to set him up her kidnapping her so she could get back to her old life. Then in the end she gets Nick to staying with her by getting pregnant will his baby.
I would give this movie four out of five box cutters. If you love psychological thrillers, suspense and NPH, you will love this movie.