Gone Girl

Movie:  Gone Girl

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is a lucky guy.  He lives in idyllic North Carthage, owns a bar that employs his best friend and twin sister Margo (Carrie Coon), and is married to his dream girl, the “Amazing” Amy (Rosamund Pike).  His only worry is to figure out what to get his wife on their fifth anniversary.  Or is it?

Nick comes home and finds a glass coffee table smashed to smithereens.  Troublesome, but nothing else seems amiss.  Still, he calls the local police and Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) arrives to look around and take a statement.  A few more troubling clues are discovered, and Amy officially becomes a missing person, aka, a “gone girl”.  What could have happened?  There are no ransom demands, no concrete evidence of foul play, just a lot of suppositions and growing suspicions….

There is not a whole lot more one can say about this movie without sinking into multiple spoiler alerts.  This is a terrific movie, based on the runaway bestseller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and the movie benefits from the author also writing the screen play.  This is an inspired look at how people will react to a missing person, from family members to police and of course the voracious press who devour these crises like they were Godiva chocolates.  There is also the element of soul searching for all you married people out there, in terms of how well do you really know your spouse?  Be afraid; be very afraid….

Actor To Watch:  Rosamund Pike is so darn good in this role.  I believe she will get a Best Actress nomination out of it.   I have had a thing for Rosamund ever since she was a Bond Girl in “Die Another Day”.  These days she mostly takes roles in small indie movies.

Huh?  What the ….:  Detective Boney has a serious caffeine addiction.  Every time you see her she’s got that cup of java with her.

As much as I like Rosamund, she often seems to have her right eye open more than the left.  Kind of creeps me out.

Dialogue Nuggets:  “Everyone knows complicated is code for bitch.”

“Here I go Benadryl myself to sleep.”

“I’ll have to check my red panty inventory.”

Male cop:  “Do you want me to call for back-up?”  Female cop:  “No, I’ll protect you.”

“Instead of doing what was right, I did what was easy.”

“Nick’s idea of culture was a reality TV marathon with one hand down his boxers.”

“Why have you kept this stuff?  It’s like a little box of hate!”

“All of a sudden I feel like I’m in a Law and Order episode.”

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