"Why Should I Die? He's the Asshole."
What’s exciting to ME about this film is that although one can watch it and see a clear moral right, a champion to root for in this intense power struggle, that’s not actually the story being told. This is a story about victimization and abuse, and both members of this “dysfunctional marriage” presented in this film dole out abuse in spades. Ben Affleck does a good job of playing a man who is douchy, but charming, a man who you find easy to like in general but can easily change your opinion about that in any given moment. The real star here though is Rosamund Pike, who gives a chilling performance as the most accomplished sociopath I’ve seen since I-don’t-know-when. Her understanding of this character brings this film to new heights and gives it complexity. You watch this woman lay her motives bare before the audience and you are startled but also admiring of her cold and sometimes brutal intensity as she carries out her master plan. “Gone Girl” is actually a battle of wills, but it is not a battle of equals; Pike’s character is smarter, more ruthless and more driven than Affleck’s character will ever be and she knows it. However, for much of the film, Affleck’s character has claim to the position of power even while being on the defensive because he is charming and has help from several sources, while she always works alone.
I watched this film and saw an allegorical power struggle taken to wonderfully absurd conclusions. Some might watch it and see their worst nightmare played out on a screen. Others might see a portrait of abuse, but through a different lens than they are accustomed. But chances are good that if you watch this film you WILL be affected and you WILL see something that rings true to your life. It’s twisted, it’s often cruel and upsetting, and it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve seen on a screen this year.
Red wine. A fine vintage, maybe a little sweet.
-Drink whenever you see the cat
-Drink whenever a reporter speaks or a press release is made
-Drink whenever someone calls Amy a "bitch"
-Drink when a diary entry is read
-Drink when a day goes by
This review was written by Hollis Beck (Krissy Pappau). "Gone Girl" is distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is rated "R" with a run time of 149 minutes.