Friday, October 3, 2014

Gone Girl Review - 4 Stars

Thank goodness I didn’t read the book, because watching the new film of “Gone Girl” gave me an evening full of shocks, surprises, and delights.  The shocks I can’t reveal because I don’t want to spoil things for you.  All I can tell you is the story begins five years after Ben Affleck marries beautiful Rosamund Pike, whose childhood her parents made famous in a series of children’s books.  Things go well and then money gets tight and they leave their fabulous life in Manhattan for the suburbs of Missouri.  One morning Ben leaves the house and when he returns his wife is missing and the living room looks like a crime scene.  Rosamund Pike — who has done some fine work in the past without achieving the stardom she deserves — tells us her side of the marriage in a series of flashbacks.  The pitch perfect cast includes Tyler Perry (yeah that Tyler Perry) as a slick lawyer, Kim Dickens as a detective trying to get to the bottom of things, Carrie Coon as Affleck’s sister and Neil Patrick Harris as a former lover.  The combination of script and acting make “Gone Girl” a movie delight — so good I didn’t want it to end.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Thrilling thriller.  Is it entertaining?  Will keep you alert and guessing.  Is it worth the price of admission?  A must see movie.