Evan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Holy Shit. Holy Shit. Holy Shit. Fincher, you magnificent bastard! This was my first Fincher film I've seen at the theater and boy was in one hell of an experience.
"Holy Shit", is the phrase I muttered to myself several times as I drove home from the theater. One might ask, "Why was Evan saying Holy Shit his entire drive home?" Well I will tell you why BECAUSE THIS MOVIE IS FUCKING AMAZING!
This movie is right up my alley. The whole murder mystery, who done it thing is my thing. Every week I watch Dateline NBC, which is murder mystery. And this is the best episode of Dateline NBC that I've ever seen. David Fincher is a sensational director and his style is very distinct. His amazing style is all over this film. As the credits rolled I just sat there with my mouth wide open, trying to process the masterpiece that I just witnessed. I also might add how great this film looks.
The performances in this film were nothing short of outstanding. Ben Beastfleck and Rosamund Pike were unconscious. My word, they were both amazing. To date these two give the best male and female performances I have seen in 2014. I seriously don't understand how people think Affleck is a bad actor. This masterpiece of a film also made me no longer hate Tyler Perry. To my surprise he was actually really great in his role. Carrie Coon, who played Ben Beastfleck's twin sister, was so damn good. I can't believe this was her first movie performance. If I had to pick a weak link out of the performances, it would have to be Neil Patrick Harris. While I love him as an actor, I kind of felt he was miscast. But I was still ok with him. The rest of the cast with smaller roles is also great.
I didn't think The Grand Budapest Hotel was going to be topped as my #1 film of the year, but as of right now Gone Girl has taken the throne. This also might just be my favorite David Fincher film. Sorry Zodiac ;).
Gillian Flynn, you've written yourself one hell of a book and now I'm going to read it as soon as possible. Everyone please do yourself a justice and go see this incredible film.