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Gone Girl Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen of the internet, time for my latest film review and that will be on the much-talked about film adaptation of Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher. I remember for months, long before this film’s release, I heard about this film every so often and I really wanted to know what the fuss was all about. I do like David Fincher films and Ben Affleck is always fun to watch, but from the way the reviews and media were hyping this film up, I thought it wasn’t going to meet the hype. So I watched it yesterday and now I’m going to pass judgement.

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?”

I loved how the trailers for this film only gave you a taste of the story that takes place in the film, these days it is rare for a film to leave something left to the imagination when seeing the full film but luckily there is so much more to this film and I thank the marketing team for what they chose to reveal before seeing the film in full. The film deals with themes of relationships, the view of people from the perspective of the media, moral justice and truth. What I appreciated about the film was the whole concept of the truth, what is it? How can it be defined? How much of it do people wish to tell? And how much do people want to believe. It’s hard to talk about this film without saying revealing specific details about the story, but let’s just say that the trailers paint you a picture of what to expect with this story about a man and the disappearance of his wife, but as you watch the film, your perspective on what’s going on changes completely and the film becomes a didn’t kind of tale altogether. I love the way the film cuts between past and present, the flashbacks are swift but are relevant to what is happening at the present. There was also a great deal of tension in this film, and many shocking moments throughout as well, which was another great aspect of this film.

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When it comes to the cast they were all very good. So let’s start with Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne. Nick is an average man who is then loses his wife and goes on a campaign to find her, however, from the outset he faces an uphill battle as it becomes apparent that the world is against him due police evidence, media coverage and members of the community, presenting things that put him in a negative light. Affleck was great, the man displayed a great range of emotions and the physicality of his movements only made him more believable. The guy was great, end of. The performance that really stood out for me was Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott-Dunne, Nick’s missing wife. Holy mackerel, where did that come from? I mean I’ve always liked Pike as an actress and she’s been good in most films I’ve seen her in, but this is the first role where I’ve seen her have such a big part and do such an incredible job. People were hyping up her performance before the film had released and I thought she’d be alright next to Ben Affleck, but honestly her performance outweighs his by a lot. Without going into spoilers, Amy is a very complex and layered character and learning about who she is and how she interacts with her husband and other people was fascinating.

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Tyler Perry was pretty good as Tanner Bolt, now I’ve not seen Perry in too many serious roles and I don’t care for most of his directorial pictures, that being said this is the best role I’ve seen him in for a while. He plays Nick’s attorney and the man is confident, humourous and realistic about things and I liked that he was in the film longer than I expected. Carrie Coon was very good as Margo Dunne, Nick’s twin sister who is pretty much the best sibling that anyone could ever hope to have in Nick’s situation. Margo is the moral support for her brother throughout his ordeal even after she becomes a subject of suspicion in the investigation involving Amy’s disappearance. Coon did an excellent job in her role. And there’s Neil Patrick Harris as who was good Desi Collings. This guy clearly doesn’t look too normal from the beginning and you know that there’s something dodgy about him and the way he operates and when he eventually comes into play in the film he has an interesting part to play and Harris was good, not overly memorable, but it was good to see him in a serious role for once.

Kim Dickens was also good as Detective Rhonda Boney, her character was interesting because she had to be objective when it came to the investigation about Amy, but clearly had personal feelings about the matter that she was trying to hold back. Dickens played her role pretty well and I thought that her acting reflected a realistic performance of what a police person would do in a scenario like the one in this film. Patrick Fugit as Officer Jim Gilpin was probably my least liked character in the film, I think it was due to his negative attitude towards Nick from the outset, sure it was part of his job, but it was also personal preference and I thought he was a bit of a douche. Fugit did well in the role, but I just didn’t like him. And finally I wanted to say I enjoyed the performances from Missi Pyle as Ellen Abbott and Scoot McNairy as Tommy O’Hara.

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In conclusion Gone Girl is very smart and well-constructed film with a compelling story, good soundtrack and incredible lead performances from Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. While it isn’t my favourite David Fincher film, it is definitely in the higher tier of the list, and this is probably the best film I’ve seen since Guardians of the Galaxy and that’s saying something for me. I would highly recommend this film for anyone looking for a thought-provoking piece of entertainment.

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you seen Gone Girl and if so what did you think of it? Also, if you read the book do you believe it was a good adaptation of the source material? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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A Million Ways To Die In The West Review

Howdy ladies and gents, time for the second review in my comedy double of the day and this comes in the form of A Million Ways To Die In The West. This film I’ve been curious about for a while, but wasn’t overly hyped for because I wasn’t too fussed about Ted back in 2012. But I wanted to give Seth MacFarlane the benefit of the doubt especially because of the western genre that was being brought into play. So how does his second live-action film fare? Well read on and find out.

A_Million_Ways_to_Die_in_the_West_posterHere’s the story summary:

“In 1882 Arizona, courage-less sheep farmer Albert Stark loses his beloved girlfriend Louise as a result of his withdrawal from a duel. He soon meets Anna, through whom he discovers his confidence and his courage. After falling in love with her, Stark soon realizes his true potential when Anna’s husband, the infamous outlaw Clinch Leatherwood, arrives in town seeking retribution for Stark’s relationship with his wife.”

The story is decent enough, however it is not the funny adventure I think MacFarlane fans were hoping for. I think the main problems with the story are: 1) We’ve seen this type of thing before. 2) The film is too long. 3) There’s a lot of points where it feels like nothing is happening. 4) The jokes are too far apart from each other. And 5) The jokes aren’t always funny. Basically what we have is a western with modern pop culture references meshed together and it is a clash of styles, especially when you have a lot of western codes and conventions working but then you have dialogue that doesn’t belong in that era of time. Even Ted, a film I wasn’t too keen on had a more streamlined story and better sense of cohesion, plus that film had its jokes coming quick a fast as opposed to this film. As with MacFarlane’s previous material the jokes are unashamedly bold, crude and offensive in some way whether it be about race, sex, drugs or toilet humour. The overall laughs in this film feel like a dodgy Family Guy episode, sometimes of it works but most of it falls flat.

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When it comes to the cast they are good, but none of the characters are that layered or interesting. Seth MacFarlane as Albert Stark is alright, he does an admirable job as the lead character, but Stark isn’t that likeable. He’s a coward, has no backbone and most of his jokes aren’t that funny. Charlize Theron as is good Anna, she is fun, a badass with a gun and is one of the best people in the film. Amanda Seyfried was alright as Louise but her character was so unlikable as she was such an air head and very superficial. Neil Patrick Harris as Foy was great, I’ve never been a fan of Harris, but he was one of the funniest people as he had some great dialogue and scenes. Giovanni Ribisi is pretty funny as Edward, the guy is so kind, innocent and oblivious to adult-based situations. Ribisi is one of the funnier people in the film and Sarah Silverman as Ruth is good too, she’s strange and does so many terrible things but still remains so happy about things. And finally Liam Neeson as Clinch Leatherwood was cool, rough and as badass as always, but compared to some of the other films in recent years I film like he was very underutilized.

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One of the best aspects of the film is cameo appearances, two in particular are really, really good and if you enjoy your film references then you’ll love these individual moments when they come.

At least the presentation is good. The film looks pretty with the desert and mountain locations looking beautiful and the soundtrack by Joel McNeely is nice and subtle for the style of film that this is, it works best when it is loud and grand.

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In conclusion A Million Ways To Die In The West has moments of fun and interest, but is long, boring and lacking any of the charm and comic timing that makes shows like Family Guy and American Dad so fun. Maybe the film wasn’t mean for me, I’m not sure, there are just a lot of things about this film that doesn’t come together which ultimately makes this film so underwhelming and forgettable.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Nowhere near as funny as it should be)

So what did you think A Million Ways To Die In The West? Did you love it or were you disappointed? Whatever your thoughts be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo. 😀

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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