Last week, we went to see Gone Girl. I'd read a review which claimed that the movie was the long awaited adaptation of a book that had captured the public's imagination, but I'm surprised to say that I'd never heard of it. Where had I been? God knows. Not paying attention, obviously. So, lol, I came to Gone Girl a complete virgin. All I knew about it was that it was a movie about a woman who goes missing in suspicious circumstances but that all was not what it seemed.
I used to like things that were not what they seemed, it made life more interesting, but having been burned by that, I'm now a firm believer in the appeal straightforwardness. That said, I didn't really enjoy GG all that much. I found Amy (the wife) annoying and the husband (can't even remember his name) a cold fish. They were an unsympathetic couple and as such it was hard to feel invested in what happened to them. The audience aren't supposed to like them, it's a study in how people who are fundamentally lying to each other about who they are can tear each other to shreds and cause havoc. At least they are not making other people miserable with their cheating and psychopathic shenanigans.
Amy was supposed to be so clever in her set up, and yet she made so many mistakes it was hard to believe in the plot. Her husband must have been incredibly dim if she could fool him and yet not be able to work out that the couple in the cabin were going to rob her.
My son read the book and enjoyed it, but I haven't yet and I wonder now if I'm going to bother.
"You're the one who thought psychopaths were so interesting, but they're kinda tiresome after awhile, don't you think? " Hans, Seven Psychopaths, Played by the immortal Christopher Walken. Now that was an entertaining movie.