MOVIE REVIEW: Gone Girl

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Former writer turned bar owner Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has been kidnapped from their home on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. Subsequent media frenzy and uncovered lies result in the public pointing a judgmental finger at Nick but, as the plot in “Gone Girl” progresses, viewers see just how twisted Nick and Amy’s relationship truly is.

One question remains: Can the world’s most expensive and educated therapist even attempt to help this couple?

Based on the novel of the same title by Gillian Flynn, the film lures viewers into Nick and Amy’s relationship and leaves them oftentimes second-guessing themselves when wondering what really happened between the pair.

Affleck’s role almost seems to have been crafted specifically for him. Nick is a people-pleaser, but still manages to get under everyone’s skin. Affleck portrays this perfectly, even when he’s smiling next to his missing (and potentially dead) wife’s photograph. However, Affleck’s A-list name and proven acting abilities can’t steal the shine from Pike’s performance. As the film progresses, Pike’s portrayal of Amy’s manipulative and deceptive behavior leaves audience members’ jaws to the ground and eyes glued to the screen.

Supporting actors Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry also give exceptional performances in the film as their characters are each somehow wrapped up in the mayhem surrounding the main characters’ relationship.

And, as viewers find out, this is one relationship to stay far away from.

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