21 October 2014

Bravo!

Bravo! To Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck the stars of "Gone Girl" directed by David Fincher and based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. I saw the film last week and enjoyed it immensely. It is a kind of psycho-drama with a few unexpected twists and turns and an ending that is left hanging like a motor vehicle balanced on the edge of some Alpine precipice.

The visual construction of the film was splendid in its careful detail and this added to the development of dramatic tension. Though I had previously appreciated Ben Affleck's acting in "Pearl Harbor" and "Argo", cinematically-speaking I had never knowingly encountered Rosamund Pike before. I guess she has tended to figure in films that don't really appeal to me like "Jack Reacher" and "Die Another Day". Here in "Gone Girl" she was perfectly cast - expertly displaying her character's seesaw personality - half controlling and half insane. Surely she'll receive an oscar nomination for this excellent and most convincing performance.

To find out more go to "Gone Girl" in Wikipedia.

13 comments:

  1. It's a cracking watch indeed YP

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    1. We concur oh Lord of the Hen.

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  2. I've not yet seen this movie, but I do intend to. Ben Affleck has definitely matured into a very good actor and film-maker. He cops a lot of flack from some quarters, but I don't understand why. From his early "Good Will Hunting" days with Matt Damon he's proved he has many talents.

    I've seen Rosamund Pike in "Barney's Version", "Pride & Prejudice", "Fracture" and "An Education", but I've not taken much notice of her; or she didn't make a lasting impression, somehow; but all the reviews I've read of her performance in "Gone Girl" have been excellent - glowing.

    I've not seen her with Cruise because I'm just not interested in watching any of his movies; and even more particularly when he's so miscast as "Jack Reacher"...taking on that role certainly is a reach...in more ways than one! :)

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    1. Well I hope that I have partly inspired you to see "Gone Girl" and that when you see it it grips you Lee.

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    2. I'm sure it will, Yorky. Thanks. :)

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  3. I have to say that having read the Wiki article it's certainly not a movie I'll be going to see.

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    1. Yes. It would be a bit too scary for you Graham. As an alternative may i suggest "Mary Poppins"?

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    2. I'm sure that the scary fantasy of Mary Poppins would be far too much for my delicate constitution YP.

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  4. Loved the book and I can see it could make a great film. It's on my list !!

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    1. Make sure you take along Tony to hold your hand!

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  5. I saw Pearl Harbour. The best bit is the theme song.
    I'd not sleep if I watched this,

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    1. No it isn't I got the theme songs to Pearl Harbour and Lord of the Rings muddled up It's the Enya song I like.

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    2. Having a senior moment are we Adrian? Try a mug of Ovaltine and have a lie down.

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