About the Post

Author Information

I'm not a film critic, but I'll tell you what I think about the movies I watch. I enjoy understanding the history behind the movies we watch, as well as the collaborative effort necessary to produce movies.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl 2Gone Girl (2014)

Directed by David Fincher

Based on Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel “Gone Girl”

Screenplay by Gillian Flynn

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens

After his wife Amy (Pike) disappears, Nick Dunne (Affleck) is thrust into the media spotlight. Now he’s forced to go on the defensive as doubts begin to build about his innocence. Soon law enforcement begins to share those suspicions as their investigation provides more questions than answers.

Gone Girl 3Gillian Flynn (Dark Places) took her novel “Gone Girl” from best-selling book to the big screen. As the screenwriter, she was able to translate her story into one of the most anticipated films of the year. David Fincher (Panic Room) signed on to direct the movie. Ben Affleck (Argo) stars in the lead role, accompanied by Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher). Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Tyler Perry (Good Deeds), Kim Dickens (Red), and Neil Patrick Harris (The Muppets) are also featured in the movie.

Gone Girl 9This is an intricate story of intrigue, mystery, and outside pressures on the common man. The character of Nick Dunne is the vehicle for all of these things to happen throughout the film. The story does a great job mixing in the little details while keeping much of reality hidden. Moments of revelation are also scattered through the film, but never enough to make things predictable. The twists are all nicely built-in as well. The story does a good job giving questions to the audience that linger throughout the movie. The dialogue also seems right for the story, making the whole thing seem plausible and sometimes uncomfortably realistic. Overall, this is a really good story.

Gone Girl 4The acting in this film does a wonderful job keep the edge on the story. Ben Affleck gives a great performance as the flawed and conflicted Nick Dunne. His role is central to the film, and it called for a wide range of emotions. He delivers with a role that carries the emotional weight of the story. Rosamund Pike is the other big piece to the puzzle in this one. She’s got an interesting role that asks for an equal amount of emotional range. She put together a wonderful performance that really makes her character real.

Gone Girl 7The cast also includes Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, and Neil Patrick Harris. Each of these actors does a good job with their parts in the movie. Kim Dickens is especially good in her role as Detective Rhonda Boney. She had to play her role with a certain amount of detachment to keep the story working. Carrie Coon is also good with her role as Nick’s sister. Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris are also good in this one. Overall, the cast seems to bring out everything the story needed to be successful.

Gone Girl 8The film is visually nice, with great cinematography and art direction. The settings are relatively common, which allows for the uncommon story to feel out-of-place in all the right ways. The film also has a good score to go along with these visuals. Overall, the technical aspects of this film don’t miss a beat.

Gone Girl 5I haven’t read the book, so I don’t really care to debate any differences between it and the film. This is a nicely made movie that features a number of great twists and turns. The acting is solid and the production is great. If you’re a fan of the stars in this one, make sure to check it out. I would also recommend this one to fans of psychological drama, thrillers, and mystery movies. I give this one 4.2 out of 5 stars.

Rating: R

Running Time: 149 Minutes


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

11 Comments on “Gone Girl”

  1. CMrok93 January 7, 2015 at 6:12 PM #

    Wild, crazy, and overall, fun. The kind of way I could only expect from the likes of Fincher. Good review.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jeffro517 January 7, 2015 at 7:22 PM #

      Thanks for checking this review out. I do love the way Fincher brought all the elements together in this one.



  1. The 2015 Golden Globes – My Picks | Did You See That One? - January 7, 2015

    […] Selma b. Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel c. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman d. David Fincher, Gone Girl e. Richard Linklater, […]


  2. The 2014 Critic’s Choice Movie Awards – My Picks | Did You See That One? - January 7, 2015

    […] Boyhood Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Nightcrawler Selma The Theory of Everything […]


  3. The 2015 BAFTA Awards – My Picks | Did You See That One? - January 11, 2015

    […] Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn […]


  4. The Top New Films of 2014 | Did You See That One? - January 12, 2015

    […] #6 – Gone Girl […]


  5. The 87th Academy Awards – My Picks | Did You See That One? - January 17, 2015

    […] Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl […]


  6. Zodiac | Did You See That One? - June 7, 2015

    […] James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man). The film was directed by Oscar nominee David Fincher (Gone Girl). The cast includes Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge), Mark Ruffalo […]


  7. Gone Baby Gone | Did You See That One? - August 30, 2015

    […] very gritty story and provides all the right twists and turns. If you’re a fan of movies like Gone Girl or Mystic River, this is one for you. I would also suggest this to fans of any of the stars. I give […]


  8. Logan | Did You See That One? - March 17, 2017

    […] back in familiar roles. The film also features Dafne Keen (The Refugees), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl), and Stephen Merchant (Hot […]


  9. Justice League | Did You See That One? - January 5, 2018

    […] was written by Chris Terrio (Argo) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers). The cast features Ben Affleck (Gone Girl), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Man of Steel), Amy Adams (Arrival), Jason Momoa (Bullet […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: