Yesterday I not only finished Gone Girl the book, I also went and seen the movie, yes, just a little obsessed! It is always very hard getting a best selling novel to translate to the big screen and it is no surprise that the book definitely tells the story better but as films based on best selling novels go, this is the best on screen adaptation I have seen.
If you haven’t already read the book it is based on the life of a married couple Amy and Nick. On the day of their 5th wedding anniversary Amy disappears and everyone starts to believe her husband Nick killed her. Amy is played by Rosamund Pike and Nick is played by Ben Affleck, both do an absolute stellar job. Rosamund Pike is absolutely stunning and is a shoe in for an Oscar, thanks to this incredible performance. She plays so many different characters in her role as Amy, each one better than the last. The casting is always the trickiest part with this type of movie, as everyone that has read the book has already created their own vision of each character. Then big hollywood actors are cast as these well-known characters and most of the time fans are let down by the choice, but not this time. I honestly don’t think they could of picked any one better to play Amy and Nick, it just works on all levels.
I am not going to go into detail about the story, as for those of you yet to read the book or see the movie, I don’t want to ruin it. I would highly recommend you check it out. The book has so many twist and turns and meticulous planning that it completely drags you in and becomes very hard to put down, no surprise it topped the New York Times Best Seller list. However, considering this book is wrote by a female, Gillian Flynn, it is quite derogatory towards women and this was a running theme that thankfully didn’t translate as strongly in the movie.
The movie whilst quite dark at times, tells the story brilliantly, yes it does leave out many crucial elements that the book covers, but obviously it can’t go page by page like the book as that would result in a day length movie – no thanks. But whilst some elements are forgotten it stays scarily close to the script of the book and doesn’t really veer off. Ben Afflleck plays his role perfectly and as I mentioned previously Rosamund Pike’s performance is Oscar worthy. The rest of the cast also don’t disappoint, with a performance from Neil Patrick Harris that shows him in a role that the audience have never seen him play before, again a great casting choice.
For me the book will win every time as the detail and storytelling aspect is so much stronger throughout the book but I must admit the movie did come very close and depicted the story brilliantly, making it a must-see. It is a story that has never really been told before, yes there have been similar books and movies, but the difference with this story is that it all comes back to how well you know your other half and whether you truly are partners in crime!
Have you read the book or seen the movie yet?