I love the genius of 20th Century Fox, releasing the ultimate alternative Valentine’s Day film just in time for the day itself, I’m of course talking about Gone Girl. David Fincher’s twisted version of a date movie is released on DVD and Blu-Ray today and if you are alone this Valentine’s Day, it may, very oddly, be the perfect alternative film to watch this year.
Since I don’t want to spoil anything, I’ll talk about another great thing about Gone Girl, the acting. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a film where every actor shined and had their moment in the sun. Tyler Perry brings great comedic relief as the “patron saint to wife killers” Tanner Bolt, Kim Dickens shines as Rhonda Boney, the detective trying to make sense of the case at the same time as the audience and Carrie Coon is brilliant as the moral, yet sarcastic, compass known as Nick’s sister Margo. And very quickly, without spoiling anything, after watching Gone Girl, you may have trouble watching Neil Patrick Harris in anything ever again.
While everyone is wonderful, Gone Girl is really all about Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Affleck as Nick is great casting as he is constantly changing the audience’s opinion of Nick. Your opinion of Nick changes from Good Guy to Monster about 700 times during the film. But while Affleck is great in this film, him and everyone else is outshone by the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Oscar nominated (for this role) Rosamund Pike in a career making performance. I can’t say too much about her version of “Amazing Amy” without giving anything away, but her performance is second to none. Pike has made everyone stand out of their chairs and take notice of her with this role. Her portrayal of Amy is one of best performances you'll ever see and where her career goes from here is unknown, but I’m sure it will be great thanks to Gone Girl.
Gone Girl has become a real stand out film, it’s been five months since the film came out and personally, I’m still talking with people about this film like I saw it last weekend. I love this film so much I’ve now got the book and it’s just as brilliant as the film. The film is filled with fantastic acting from everyone, shocking twists that you never see coming and is one of the few films around that exposes the problems with both the media and relationships in general.
If you don’t have anyone this Valentine’s Day or can’t be bothered with it all; Gone Girl is the best alternative around this year… just be careful whom you watch it with.
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Gone Girl is out on DVD now