Film Review: Gone Girl

Film

Gone Girl

David Fincher’s Gone Girl was probably one of my most anticipated films of 2014. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the book. Sadly, I wasn’t able to see Gone Girl in 2014 for fear of seeing some mutated censored version of the film. After seeing the film I’m pretty happy about my decision of avoiding seeing it in the cinemas here in Bahrain, because yes, it most definitely would have been censored!

If it’s at all possible, Gone Girl the film is a more bleak look relationships than the original source material. Well, the central relationship between Nick and Amy at least. Amy was more twisted. More single-minded than she was in the book. I put that down to a brilliant performance from Rosamund Pike. Cold, calculating and with one psychotic goal in mind. To be completely honest I wasn’t expecting much from her. This is all down to my only other memory of her in a film is Die Another Day, which is terrible all over.

100 movies of 2012: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

100 movies of 2012, Annual Movie Challenge

I’ve gone from one of the worst films I’ve ever watched, to one of the best. Life is indeed a rollercoaster.

The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (03/01/12)

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

I really, really, REALLY wanted to read the book and see the original film before the remake was released. Sadly, this didn’t happen. Thank you Game of Thrones books and sheer lack of any real effort to see the original film. Woops.

Though a part of me is a little bit relieved to have gone into this film without any comparison. I can’t draw from the source material or original film. I’m taking it as it is. And as such, I was very, very impressed with this film.

Let’s start with those opening titles and the fantastic music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. That’s how you start a film and get someone’s attention. More films need to do proper opening titles. I miss them.

I wish Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross do more movie scoring duties. Of course, their type of score will only work with certain kinds of films. Worked excellently here, in Dragon Tattoo. Looking forward to finally sitting down and listening the 3 hour soundtrack for the film. [/geekout]

The film itself wasn’t perfect. The central murder mystery part of it was fairly predictable, but it’s the way the story’s told that makes the film. Also, Rooney Mara’s amazing performance as Lisbeth Salander. A character who is definitely completely mental, yet you care for her and I really wouldn’t mind it if I could call her a friend. More than one occasion I was rooting for Lisbeth. In my head of course.

The film looked great, sounded great and never dragged for a single second. I’m hoping we get to see more of Lisbeth. In the mean time, I think I’m going to jump into the Swedish versions.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ Movies: Getting Back on Track

120+ Movies of 2011

The Hangover Part IIThe Hangover Part II (27/05/11)

Right after the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug jet to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. Stu’s plan for a subdued pre-wedding brunch, however, goes seriously awry.

Going into this film I knew what I was expecting – more of what was in the first film and then some. So this film ticked that box well enough. It pretty much stuck to the same formula as the first film. Well, I think it treated the first film as a template to the second. Things almost happened exactly the same way as they did in the first with different variables. Some ludeness was upped. The amount of stupidity from Alan was upped, which did grate on my slightly.

Though I laughed throughout most of the film. There was plenty of stupidity. It’s not as good as the first one, because the first one set all the rules and this second film has stuck to the rules like glue. I probably won’t be buying this when it gets released on blu-ray/DVD, but it was a fun ride. Marginally disappointed in that this could have been one hell of an even funnier film given the talent.
Rating: 3/5

How to Train Your DragonHow to Train Your Dragon (28/05/11)

A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Now this is a surprisingly good film! It’s a simple story. Young boy trying to find his place. Forms unlikely friendship. Everyone learns a vital lesson by the end of the film. But it’s so nicely told with some equally touching moments and brilliantly funny parts!

The bonding scene between Hiccup and Toothless got me to tears in record time, thanks to a really beautiful score by John Powell.

Think this is my favourite animated film from Dreamworks. It had some real heart to it, which I find other Dreamworks animated films just don’t have. I’m happy there’s a sequel, but I hope they get things right again and don’t mess with a great formula. Just maybe improve it slightly.
Rating: 4/5

ZodiacZodiac (28/05/11)

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

This is what I call a ‘heavy’ film. My brain hurt a lot after finishing with it. Not to mention left feeling a little bit unsatisfied. Well, that was my initial feeling after I’d finished watching the film. Looking back on it, how on earth could it have ended any other way.

Brilliant performances from all the cast in the film. The Zodiac killer himself terrified me. More-so due to the fact that he was/is real. Sends a shiver down my spine.

Loved the look of San Francisco and the colour tones in the film.A very beautiful looking film as well as packing a lot of substance.
Rating: 4/5

Up in the AirUp in the Air (30/05/11)

With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him.

My god, it took me so long to finally watch this film! But I’ve seen it now, so stop looking at me that way.

Brilliant film. Great dialog. Amazing cast. The ending of the film did not go where I was expecting it to go. I was expecting a happy ending, which I guess it was in a way.

I adored the opening sequence of the film and all of the aerial shots in the film. They were beautiful! I want to make a snapshot of one of them and put it on my desktop.
5/5

Read on to see the entire list of movies seen this year so far:

100 movies: The Social Network

100 movies of 2010

Thanks to Mild Concern I got to see the next movie at a preview screening for free! I can’t remember the last time I went to the cinema for free.

The Social NetworkThe Social Network (10/10/10)
I remember when the movie production first began. A movie based on Facebook? It was unthinkable! What on Earth?! Thankfully it’s not just 2 hours of Facebook profile pages, wall posts and group discussions. It’s about the origin of Facebook and the people who were involved from the beginning. It’s a brilliant film filled with the most witty dialogue you’ll hear in a very long time.

Jesse Eisenberg is fantastic as Mark Zuckerberg – really makes him a very awkward and not at all likeable character. I think out of everyone I was rooting for Andrew Garfield’s Eduardo Saverin. He was just getting the bum deal all the time. He was far too good a friend! I’m now looking forward to Spider-Man a bit more due to Andrew Garfield’s performance in this film. He was brilliant!

Loved the music and the score music done by Trent Reznor. Yes, him of Nine Inch Nails fame! I’m a little surprised by that fact, but I will definitely be buying the score.

What I was amazed about was the ambition and drive of these people. Really very young, talented and incredibly smart people who just went out there to do what they wanted to do. I wish I had that kind of drive! Well, without the whole having no real friends part.
Rating: 5/5