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Saw Gone Girl (spoilers)

Just saw Gone Girl, David Fincher's new film and the adaptation of the best- selling book by Gillian Flynn, who adapted her own novel for the screenplay. My thoughts... MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
...And Star Power

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are predictably great, but I didn't get a huge sense of chemistry between them. There was something... off about their interactions with each other. I thought their characters' quirkiness was going to be part of "the big reveal" or whatever, but nothing ever came to fruition.
2Devonte Hynes
Palo Alto (Original Motion Picture Score)

I generally like movies that are unpredictable, but this one was, let's say, predictable in its unpredictableness. Basically, you could tell that she was going to frame him from the start, I just didn't know how. And you could also tell that either she or Neil Patrick Harris' character was going to eat it eventually, you just didn't know who or when. Honestly, with all the hype around this movie, I expected a more twisty plot than what was given.

Speaking of the plot, some of it didn't make a whole lot of sense. So at the end, when Amy is being questioned by the cops, and she's trying her best to fake it, she actually gets away with it? Even the Feds don't come in and ask her a bunch of questions about where she was or what she was doing afterwards? That's kinda bullshit. I expected better of a Fincher-directed film.
Little Machines

OK, was it just me, or was this movie unnecessarily dark? I realize Fincher likes his shadowy cinematography (he's been working with D.P. Jeff Cronenweth for years), but there were times in this film where I can barely see the characters' faces, if at all. Either my theater needed to turn the lights up a tiny bit (not likely), or an aging Fincher forgot how to light a scene (more likely). Either way, while the cinematography was generally great and very well-done, there were small moments where it could've been done a lot better.
5Flying Lotus
You're Dead!

Regarding Neil Patrick Harris' death scene: well, this wouldn't be a Fincher film without a scene of shockingly bloody violence (and this is one aspect I did genuinely like, just for its WTF factor). But Amy making herself look like she was raped is one major plot hole: didn't Harris' character say he rigged the whole house with cameras? So wouldn't all of her acting be caught on tape anyway? Why did she even try? And why didn't the cops look at the tapes afterwards? Again, it's amazing that the filmmakers' didn't catch this. And, speaking of the bloody death scene...
6Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Gone Girl

BRAHHHHHMMMMMM Yes, the day has come, ladies and gentlemen. They said it would never come to be, but here it is. Mr. Nine Inch Nails himself has finally succumbed to the HORN OF DOOM, but given a nice synthesized spin for that little industrial Reznor touch. Come on Trent, this kind of gimmick is so far below you, why the hell did you have to succumb to it during the movie's most pivotal scene? I nearly laughed out loud in the theater, but chose to restrain myself for fear of looking like a sociopath. The rest of the soundtrack is awesome and lives up to NIN's best ambient moments, but then this turd of a track comes along, and makes me question what the hell Trent and Atticus were thinking. Is this supposed to be a parody of every HORN OF DOOM movie moment of the last 5 or so years? If it is, it didn't work very well.
7Julian Casablancas and The Voidz

So what the hell was the point of this movie anyway? (Same question goes for the book, even though I haven't read it.) That men are backstabbing cheaters and liars? That women are self-serving bitches ready to throw you away at a moment's notice? That the media don't give a shit about the people involved in a missing persons case and are ready to sensationalize every piece of dubious news that comes their way? Oh, how it's all so original. Gone Girl certainly isn't a bad movie, and has a great number of bright spots, but for all of that, it's still filled with plot holes and dubious messages. The film is like the girl at the center of the story: while you're watching it, you're enticed by it. After you leave the theater, it's disappeared from your mind just as quickly. A solid 5/10, IMO.
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