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Gone Girl

Nick Dunne (played by Ben Affleck) can’t believe his luck. He’s got a great job at a magazine, a fantastic life in New York and has just met the most wonderful, beautiful, intelligent and unique woman ever – what’s more, she’s interested in him too. It’s the exquisite Amy (by Rosamund Pike) … even her name is beautiful. They spend several wonderful years together – their New York City lifestyle, their infatuation with each other and their wonderful love makes it all so easy … it’s fabulous. Then Nick’s mother takes ill and they move back to his hometown in Missouri. Amy isn’t so keen, she’s used to a more high-brow lifestyle, but she totally loves Nick, so supports him in this without question. Back in his small home town, she funds Nick and his twin sister, Margo (by Carrie Coon) into a business together – they run “The Bar” – a hip watering hole in town. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy suddenly goes missing and all the clues point to Nick … has he killed her? Why would he do that?  Nick swears blind he knows nothing of Amy’s disappearance. Her well known parents, Rand and Marybeth Elliot (by David Clennon and Lisa Banes) arrive in town and the paparazzi are stirred up with the intrigue of Amy’s disappearance. They hound Nick incessantly. The police investigation is headed by Detective Rhonda Boney (by Kim Dickens) … she’s not sure about Nick – did he do it? …. Were they really as happy as he makes out? It seems Nick’s only ally is his sister Go, but even she’s starting to wonder what’s really going on ….

This is a well made thriller. From the outset the scene is set well and the characters are compelling. As Amy, Rosamund Pike is outstanding – her multi-faceted character is revealed piece by piece throughout this work and she is marvellous. Ben Affleck puts in a very strong performance as Nick Dunne and there are wonderful performances from others, particularly Neil Patrick Harris as the weird Desi Collings. Tyler Perry is a useful breath of fresh air as Tanner Bolt, a big city lawyer hired to defend Nick. There are enough layers of intrigue and twists in this to keep a viewer engaged. But somehow it seems to lose momentum towards the end. Perhaps I missed something, but it just tends to peter out somehow.  I may be alone in that opinion however. Rosamund Pike earned an Academy Award (Oscar) nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, which is very well deserved. Overall it’s a watchable, enjoyable movie, but I wouldn’t rave over it.

Made in 2014.  Directed by David Fincher

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Adam (played by Mark Ruffalo) lives his life day to day. Every morning he starts out determined to make it through the day without lapsing and giving in to his strong addiction. Even now, five years “sober”, he still struggles daily with his impulses and his addiction. He’s a sex addict. He’s made it this far thanks in no small part to his sponsor Mike (by Tim Robbins), himself a recovering alcoholic, who gives him constant advice and encouragement – and some days he needs it far more than others. Adam’s a sponsor too, to Neil (by Josh Gad), a newcomer sent to the group under Court Order after his sex addiction led to a series of his misdemeanours and anti-social behaviour. Things are going along with their ups and downs and Adam’s making a real go of his life. He meets Phoebe (by Gwyneth Paltrow), a stunning beauty and fascinating woman who he falls for instantly. He must disclose his addiction to her, but when things are going so well he doesn’t want to jeopardise anything. Meanwhile, both Neil and Mike face challenges in their lives that cause them to reassess their priorities and their relationships. Life throws some serious curve balls at each guy in turn – and they all must decide how to deal with their own difficult situation; whether their addiction is going to get the better of them once again …

This is an interesting movie. It first presents as a lightweight romantic comedy, but ‘comedy’ it isn’t – in some places it does succeed in laughing at human nature and presenting human frailty in an entertaining, positive way – but there’s no comedy here. These people all deal with real life issues associated with addiction – day to day struggles, choices about their actions and priorities, dealing with their impulses and with the consequences of their behaviour. There are strong messages here – often about the way humans interact with each other and deal with life issues that involve their or another’s frailty or weakness. It deals with that very well. The performances are all good – Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo are realistic and Josh Gad is as endearing as ever. There is great work from both Gwyneth Paltrow and P!nk (Alecia Moore) too. Overall it’s a good movie.

Made in 2012. Directed by Stuart Blumberg

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in Movies

 

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