As a fan of the novel “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, I was more than a little apprehensive about going to see the movie adaptation.
However, I was pleasantly surprised.
Directed by David Fincher and starring A-list talents Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, the movie follows the story of the Dunne’s.
On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) reports that his wife, Amy (Pike), has gone missing.
Under pressure from the police and the media, his strange behavior has everyone asking: Did he kill his wife?
Well, I will not tell you that. You will just have to go and see for yourself.
But, I will say that the film does just about everything right.
Those of you who were a fan of the novel first, like myself, will understand the problem with book-to-movie adaptations: what is depicted on-screen can never live up to what we visual in our minds.
Luckily for Flynn and the cast of “Gone Girl,” they got really close.
“Gone Girl” does a more than decent job.
Keeping the storyline very similar to the novel, Flynn, both the author and screenwriter, managed to keep the same level of tension that is more than a little present in the book.
While Nick tells his storyline on-screen, we see what Amy experienced through flash-backs and voice-overs only, giving her an ethereal and other worldly presence.
The movie version was masterfully handled, creating a gloomy, dark and a little bit sick piece of artwork.
Affleck’s portrayal of Nick was spot-on to the character created in the book; he captured the weird kind-of quirks seen in the book.
And, Pike could not have been a better casting choice for Amy.
Not only is she gorgeous, she is incredibly talented, able to capture the moody grace of Flynn’s leading lady.
The movie seems to be a cautionary tale that asks audiences how well we really know anyone, and without giving too much away, if we can ever really know all their secrets.
So, for any other fans out there who were apprehensive of going to see “Gone Girl,” stop worrying and just go and see it.
I guarantee you will not be disappointed.