As I just finished advising my mom as to which films from the tv guide she should watch this Christmas, the titles included When Harry Met Sally, While you were sleeping, Pretty Woman, or even Christmas with the Kranks, I opened my WordPress and started writing reviews of the latest films I’ve seen. I figured if I don’t do them minutes after I finish watching, I won’t remember any particular details, and a critic’s review will look a little like a two sentence overview of what any other person ‘liked’ and ‘hated’ two minutes after leaving the theatre. Here’s one of the films.
I’ll start off by reminding you that David Fincher directed this book adaptation. And from the person who made masterpieces such as Fight Club, Seven or Panic Room, we’d expect something more than a slightly too long, boring at times and, when it comes to the unnecessary goreness, a little ovwr the top. What I absolutely loved about the film, as in comparison to the book, was the titled Gone Girl smiring her blood over the kitchen floor, seconds after inserting a tube into her vein. In the book, Amy was scared of needles and cut her arm open. For David’s sake, I hope it was his idea, and as I reminisce to the excellent films I mentioned above and about five more of his that I have seen, my faith is in save hands. Unfortunately, this later comes to bite us, as no one questions where did the blood come from. In the book she cuts her arm, we can assume the wound is still fresh. In the film, the Gone Girl makes fun of the main cop on her case, persuading everyone into thinking If she didn’t take it into her hands, she would be still strapped to the bed, a necessary and extremely graphic vision comes to mind as she underlines her body laying there spread open. And so everyone feels and guilty and embarassed and never asks another question. Speaking of the loop holes and no one questioning her disappearance, how come the doctor didn’t pick up on the missing miscarriage as rhey were doing the rape kit? I doubt she sustained any serious injuries, as she did get pregnant at the end, so the exam would have noticed the lack of miscarriage, but then again, no one paid much attention, everyone was relieved the case was closed. As to what I found overexcessive were the scenes such as the murder of her ex, right in the middle of sex after performing sexual acts on him, and the breaking the bottle and showing it inside her. The rest, including the hummer scene and the coffee stained night gown and Amy throwing herself all over the place, just so the cameras record her in pain after being allegedly raped, were a perfectly measured amount of grusomeness. We have no way of determining if Gillian Flynn based her book, if so very loosely, on Agatha Christie’s disappearance, but Fincher definitely did, for starters with the Gone Girl using the name of Archie Christie’s lover at the motel, to the money belly sack Agatha was reported having when she was found at the spa back in 1926, eleven days after she went missing. And though in Agatha’s case amnesia and possible suicidal behavior as a result of stress and depression seems to be the explanation of her dissapearance, the Gone Girl, is in fact a psychopath and a killer. I cannot fully figure out what was the point of the Amy’s dissapearance, we can see that she really wanted her husband to pay for his betrayal (as did Christie), in Pike’s performance we could see pure hate towards the husband. The question that bothers me is the reference to rape. By the end of the film, book too as a matter of fact, she lied about bith of her exes raping her. In the book she also lies about her father sexually assaulting her. Why rape? Why were rape and violent sexual acts so significant? Who did really sexually assault her?
‘You. Fucking. Bitch.’
‘All we did was resent each other, try to control each other. We caused each other pain.’