Gone Girl (Sidenote: Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return)


(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

Gone Girl is a movie with great acting and direction, the story delivers as a thriller with many twists that made it interesting and entertaining, but as the movie progresses till the end it just got me mad and frustrated, watch it and you’ll see what I mean. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

I am very proud of Ben Affleck. No it is not because he is a Boston guy, but I am proud of his recent success. Let me tell you, this guy was in a huge movie slump that most actors would just quit Hollywood for good. I mean, Affleck started off very good with co-writing with Matt Damon and winning an Oscar for Good Will Hunting. However, he started making flops after flops. I mean, I give him the benefit of the doubt for the movies Daredevil and Paycheck, but his lowest point was the critically panned movie, Gigli (I mean the movie did have him date the beautiful Jennifer Lopez if you look at the glass half full). Then he started making his comeback with a new found talent, directing movies. I believe his big break came in Gone Baby Gone, then The Town, until his highest point in directing and acting in the Oscar winning film, Argo (and he was snubbed of a Best Director nomination, grrr Oscars). I remember his speech after Argo won Best Picture how emotional he was, and I felt his pain after all he went through. Now he is a respectable film maker in Hollywood, and really the fanboys just need to shut up about him being cast as Batman in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie cuz I know he will do good as Bruce Wayne/Batman. As I said before, I’m proud of his resiliency and I like that he is taking on good roles now like this movie, Gone Girl, (take notes Nicolas Cage). I will start with what I liked, to the so so.

What I liked, let me start by saying that director David Fincher is good at his craft of making movies dark and gloomy even though some movies have a positive storyline. Like in The Social Network, he made the start of Facebook a little dark and gloomy. For Gone Girl’s story the dark and gloominess was perfect and appropriate, and I give credit to music composer, Trent Reznor, for adding to the Fincher’s craft of making his movies dark. Fincher also got the best out of his actors as well. Ben Affleck playing Nick Donne, a man who realizes that his wife may be kidnapped, and the chain of events led him to being accused of killing his own wife. The different kinds of emotions this character goes through, Affleck nails it. However, who really steals the show was Rosamund Pike playing Amy Elliot-Dunne. You really go through a roller coaster of emotions with her acting. She first showed how becoming Amazing Amy, a main character in a series of books written by her parents that made them millions, made her receive so many unwanted attention That she had to deal with for the sake of her parents public relations. Then she meets Nick, and how she feels that he was her escape from the high life and that he really makes her happy. Then, they got married, and the movie shows how the recession really took a toll on their marriage for the worse, and with Nick’s mom being sick, they had to move from New York to Missouri. Then with the biggest twist of the movie where she set the whole kidnapping/murdering scenario up to frame her husband and escape to her new life shows how psychotic she really is. I mean, she drains her own blood to create a murder scene and hits her face with a hammer to make bruises on her face. All that because Nick was cheating on her, and she wants him to receive the death penalty by her creations to frame Nick for murder. If that ain’t psychotic I don’t know what is. Just when you think she can’t get any crazier, when she gets robbed of all her money, she decides to see her ex boyfriend, Desi Collings, played by Neil Patrick Harris, who obviously still has feelings for her and has her live at his place. Then she slits his throat with a boxcutter, and drives back to her husband, claiming that she was raped by Desi, and killed on self defense. Of course, Nick knows that the story is complete BS, but he has to deal with it. In the movie, I like the relationship between Nick and his twin sister Margo, played by Carrie Coon. It shows that she is his voice of reason, and sometimes giving Nick the blunt truth that makes Nick think about what he should do during the movie. I also enjoyed Tyler Perry playing Nick’s lawyer, Tanner Bolt. Bolt comes in taking extreme cases like Nick’s to help defend the men in the marriage. My favorite scene is when before Nick goes on TV for an interview after it was revealed that he cheated on Amy, and practicing what he is going to say, Bolt throws pieces of candy at his face whenever he says something he doesn’t like. It was funny yet it sets up the big scene where he pleads for his wife back, showing remorse and sorrow for what he did. Bolt proves he is a great lawyer, but once Amy comes back proving Nick’s innocence. He packs up, takes the money, and leaves. Like any typical lawyer pretty much caring for the money and positive public relation. I also enjoyed Kim Dickins playing Detective Rhonda Boney (haha Boney). I liked her approach to the case of innocent till proven guilty and giving Nick the benefit of the doubt even though a lot of people believe Nick did kill his wife. Right when she had enough evidence to arrest him, Amy shows up. I like how she knows something is up with Amy’s claims, but unfortunately she couldn’t do anything cuz the case was out of her hands. The story of this movie shows how this mystery created a fiasco among people following it, and how the media can really create absurd claims during the whole ordeal and how it influence the people to go against you. Most notably in the movie they follow a Cable News show hosted by Ellen Abbott played by Missi Pyle. She was really hard on Nick during this whole ordeal, really influencing people to go and protest against Nick for the sake of feminism. Even to a point where she had people believing that Nick and his twin sister Margo are having a sexual relationship. It shows how dumb people can be when it comes to the media and social media, and people need to think for themselves. I like the fact that Nick was actually going to get a divorce with Amy before all the fiasco happened, and how Nick was relieved if she was gone. The way he handled the social outcry was not easy, but he handled it well. I liked how in the beginning of the movie they do flashbacks like the TV show Lost showing their past while the present is going on. It gave some good character development. Also, when Nick and Margo we’re playing the game of Life at the beginning of the movie, it makes you rethink about your life after this movie. The writing of this movie really did their homework on crime scenes and what not to really make this movie believable and down to earth. Lastly, I applaud Affleck for refusing to wear a Yankees cap and making director Fincher change it to a Mets hat. You have to be from Boston to understand.

The so so, the movie may feel long and it was two and a half hours, but I was glued to see what will happen in the end. Unfortunately, the ending wasn’t satisfying to me. Instead, it really made me mad and frustrated. Pretty much when Amy gets back, Nick wants to leave her but he couldn’t cuz the media will scorn him. Then to make matters worse she goes to the fertility clinic and gets pregnant. Because of this, and much to the chagrin of his sister, he stays with her. So in the end, the psychopathic wife wins and gets her husband back willing to start over. Are you freaking kidding me!!! If it wasn’t for her getting robbed, she wouldn’t have come back. She claims she has changed and forgiven him because of the interview he did on TV was genuine which we all know he did for the PR. Lastly, how does Nick know she won’t derive a plan for him to be killed, they will  still be broke and miserable especially with the high lawyer fees from Bolt. The ending was very unsatisfying, but how else can Nick get out of it. I guess there was too much writing to solve that problem.

Overall, the movie was good with the unsatisfying ending. It kept me engaged, thrilled by the plot twists, and entertained. As far as Oscars go, as the season is coming upon us, I don’t believe this movie will win anything. Maybe Rosamund Pike can get the Best Actress nomination, but that’s about it. At least this movie showed that Ben Affleck still has Boston pride!!! Final Rating 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

(Sidenote: Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return- This animated sequel to the Wizard of Oz is definitely not for the purists of the movie. It is greatly animated with a great voice casts of Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammar, Patrick Stewart, and Martin Short. This movie is really made for kids and that’s it. The movie was too childish, weak plot, and really breaks the canon of the classic The Wizard of Oz, and purists will be offended by this incantation. Rating 2.5 out of 5 Stars)