A very quick review – Gone Girl

I rarely post about movies, not so much because I don’t watch them. More because I rarely am moved enough by a movie to comment about it. There are rare exceptions to the rule. Movies that move the emotions in different ways or that are exceptionally good in their own genre.

One of these movies is called Gone Girl. It is in cinemas currently (at least over here in Finland).  Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are the lead actors and the movie is directed by David Fincher. The script is based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn who has also done the screenplay. David Fincher has before directed such great movies as Fight Club, The Curious case of Benjamin Button and Seven.

So the ingredients are there, a great novel to base the script upon, excellent actors, a great director. So how does it all work?

In my opinion this is probably THE thriller of the year. The only movie that has left me haunted for a time after the movie ended. Even the next day after seeing it my thoughts would drift back to the movie. Stunning acting by both Affleck and Pike and the plot twists and turns so that you know how it all ends only at the very, very end.  ( At least if you have not read the novel beforehand.) The cinematography is really good as well in carrying the feel of what is happening on the screen very well.

So as not to give away anything if you are planning to go see the movie here is a bit about the movie: The plot takes place in a small town somewhere in Missouri, where the husband one day comes home to find that his wife is missing. The story starts to unfold with a lot of passion and of course suspicions flying all around. Suddenly the beautiful suburban life starting to show more and more cracks.

Underneath you can see the official trailer.

I highly recommend the movie, albeit with a caveat. It has some pretty intense scenes so the R rating in US (K-16 in Finland) is really necessary. Not a movie for the faint hearted.

Rush

Sometimes it is great to loosen up and enjoy good cinema. As far as movies go, I am quite omnivorous and the most important part of any movie is just that it works in the way it is filmed and has a good story. Some movies are the sort that make you really long for the day premiere, others can be a suprise feast to the eyes and the ears.

As an avid Formula one fan I was well aware of the fact that there was a sort of semi-documentary film being made of the great F1 world champion James Hunt and his rivalry with another great driver and three times world champ Niki Lauda. The movie premiered a while back but I had the possibility to go and see it a bit late. On the positive side this meant a half-empty theater and thus excellent seats and a sort of peaceful enjoyment of the movie. I am not a big fan of 100% filled movie theaters where you might just end up getting pop corn thrown at you or have a huge fellow enjoying the movie in front of you and making it difficult to see the whole screen. 😉

Anyway, I believe this movie to be one of the top 3 movies of the 2013 year. A lot of drama and suspense as well as beautiful cinemagraphy. Great acting by all the main players and the director has made a splendid job in pulling it altogether. Definately worth the 2hrs.

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