(Welcome to my first movie review. Mature content and spoiler alerts are coming.)
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good murder mystery. I could rave about Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians all day. The problem with Ben Affleck’s new murder mystery Gone Girl, is that there is no murder. From what I could ascertain from the previews, the movie seemed to be marketing itself as a murder mystery in which likeable Affleck gets blamed for his wife’s demise.
However, there is no murder, no homicide, nothing. His wife, played by the beautiful Rosamund Pike, is simply gone. For two hours we have what continues to be a tedious drawn out movie that doesn’t seem to know what its own plot is. As if this wasn’t arduous enough, the movie actually counts down the days she’s “gone” as if to say, “Look, we’ve counted all the way up to this really high number now, are you bored yet?
The film starts out talky, and then wife Amy is missing. The plot had more holes in it than a box of Cheerios. (I just made that up; did it work?) For example, when Affleck’s wife is missing, he doesn’t even seem that concerned. As if to explain, the character comments that he normally doesn’t react to things. React Ben, it’s a movie! You’re trying to hold our interest. If you don’t act like you care, why should we? Mr. Affleck sure is a looker, really easy on the eyes, but I’ve heard he’s a better director than actor, and this movie proved the rumor true. [Read more…]