After finishing reading Gone Girl, an excellent novel by Gillian Flynn, I was surprised and not surprised at the news of its paper to screen transition. Surprised because I figured it would be a tenuous task to capture the suspense and twists the book takes and for them to be successful on screen. Not surprised because a lot of good books these days are being turned into screenplays and blockbusters.
If you have read the book and seen the film then you will agree that the book is a lot better. I haven’t met anybody yet who thinks otherwise. Despite the books obvious superiority, the film has it’s good points thanks to David Finchers’ wonderful eye for direction.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, it follows the relationship of married couple Nick and Amy Dunne. After the disappearance of Amy, Nick’s life becomes the centre of an intense media battle whilst authorities and he himself search for his missing wife. The story is told from both characters perspectives.
– David Finchers claimed he wanted the film to feel as “European” as possible. Hence the full frontal scenes. Cheers David!
– The sex scene between Rosamund Pike & Neil Patrick Harris is nothing short of cinematic excellence and was the turning point in the film for myself. If some of the other scenes were as well created as this one I’m sure there would be a few more oscar nominations besides Best Actress. Rosamund Pike and Neil Patrick Harris reportedly rehearsed the sex scene for two hours alone before shooting it under Finchers instructions. In my opinion it’s choreographed to perfection.
– Amy’s rapid visual transformation. She literally looks like a different person.
– The little easter egg dropped when Amy first meets her trailer park neighbour. The neighbour is listening to a Kreayshawn song Left Ey3 – a song about revenging a cheating boyfriend which includes burning down his house and causing harm to him and the said mistress.
– The reason why the book is so much better is because it is written in diary entries. This gives clear context to Amy and Nicks relationship from the moment they meet. Despite the diary entries still being significant on screen, I feel as a viewer you can’t connect as much with them and because of this you can’t connect as much with Amy. This is a long film and I found myself waiting and waiting for a connection to either character however it didn’t really come at all.
– Don’t get me wrong Rosamund Pike gives a convincing psycho portrayal but despite her best efforts, I am left with a small doubt of how she came upon this HUGE HUGE HUGE nomination. Similar to my previous point, I just feel like I don’t know her version of Amy very well. I can’t distinguish any particular point or characterisation that reflects the Amy in the original story. Is this an awful thing to say? To comment on someones oscar unworthiness? Or does anybody else agree?
– Ben Afflecks obvious weight fluctuation pissed me off a bit. He was at the time training for his role as Batman so at some points in the film he is mega hench and in others he is slightly on the chubby side. Only a minor fallback but I hate noticing stuff like this!!!