If you take director David Fincher’s name off the credits, it’s possible “Gone Girl” would not be as hyped as it is. With a mystery that keeps changing, a game-managing performance by Ben Affleck, and a script (adapted by the book’s author, Gillian Flynn) that doesn’t exactly jump out and grab you, “Gone Girl” is merely reputation viewing. It’s already being hailed as one of the year’s best films, but based on what? The central performance by Rosamund Pike is pure Hitchcock blonde, ice cold and shallow. There are also annoying bits of comedy strewn throughout the film that take the pulse out of the thriller, and Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry have cameos that don’t buoy the film whatsoever. Affleck is solid enough, and the swerve the film takes effectively hits the reset button about halfway in, but is this a great movie? Nope.
Director: David Fincher
Producer: Ceán Chaffin, Arnon Milchan, Josh Donen and Reese Witherspoon
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon and David Clennon