Gone Girl (Movie) – True to the book mostly

I loved the book ‘Gone Girl‘ by Gillian Flynn (and my views on it was slightly emotional and too full of spoilers) and I did post recently about my views on the trailer and how I am a little skeptical about Rosamund Pike playing Amy Dunne. Well, after watching the movie, if I was a hat wearing person, I would tip my hat off to her. Wow. What an incredible performance. Bloody brilliant. Especially the scene where she plays in the camera that she is being dragged in Desi’s house, that was whoa! And Ben Affleck plays the part perfectly well. But the best performance was by Rosamund Pike, no doubt. The screenplay, the sound effects both were very good. Of course, the background of why Amy behaves that way and how her parents are responsible is not explained in much detail, and honestly that would have become a little boring too, even though they did bring up about it when Nick talks about her parents in a book release function. But without that background and without all the thoughts of Nick when they are drifting apart and his close relationship with his parents and his broken home (his father is there only in one scene and not much is explained there) it sort of appears a little one sided, as in it portrays Amy as a clear cut villain except for the first 1 hour or so where my friends did get annoyed at Nick, whereas in the book there are too many in depth details and you would even feel bad for Amy sometimes. And then at the end you would feel happy that they are with each other and didn’t mess up anyone else’s life. I felt that they sort of deserved each other. But in the movie, it sort of portrayed that Nick was the victim. Some of the dialogues were very awesome and funny too.

Given the size of the book and the complexities and the history of the characters you can only do so much with the screenplay but they still managed to be very true to the book to the maximum level possible. The casting was too good. Carrie Coon as Margo was exactly like she was portrayed in the book. I did like the sound effects in this movie. One scene which I thought was well done, even though I think there could have been a little more emotion from Ben Affleck is when Amy comes back , with blood spattered on her dress, back to Nick and hugs him, he is taken aback for a while but then when the cameras flash he hugs her back and says in her ear ‘you f**king bitch’. That sort of summarizes their relationship. Surprisingly the sex scenes weren’t cut abruptly but were modified a bit to not show them clearly, which is much better than the abrupt cut and change of scene. Overall the movie was very well done and I liked how they related to the book well with a smart screenplay and a big thumbs up for Rosamund Pike for portraying Amy so well.



Gone Girl – Trailer

I absolutely loved the book ‘Gone Girl‘ (that post of mine will have spoilers) by Gillian Flynn. Just loved the characters in it, the good, the bad and the grey. And I am for sure going to watch the movie that is releasing here next week, 31st Oct to be precise. But to be very honest, when I saw the trailer first, I was a little apprehensive. Because you see when I read the book and heard that they are going to do the movie, I somehow thought  that Nicole Kidman would be apt for the role of Amy. Don’t ask me why, it is one of those unnecessary thoughts that creep up when you read a book and you sort of put some known actors in it because you know they can carry it well. I haven’t seen Rosamund Pike’s acting except for the one in Die Another Day and well, you know how it is in Bond movies.  And I have told my friends to please please read the book before they come to the movie, even though I know that it isn’t going to happen. But if you are planning to see this movie (even though I am going to go with absolutely no high hopes) my kind suggestion would be to read the book first (and hopefully you haven’t read the Wikipedia already) because I know that a lot of what is written cannot be easily translated to a movie script and the book was a such a pleasure to read, if you like those kind of drama, family, romance (or not), sarcasm, crime, thriller, humor etc.

And if you are in a place where the movie is already released and you have seen it, let me know your thoughts on the same.