Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★

If you ever wanted to see David Fincher direct a Lifetime Network murder-mystery, this is it. Perfectly cast, including Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry, surprisingly. Of course, the female cast was impeccable with Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens. But, I found the male casting particularly interesting. Fincher selected male actors that have real life public personas that are or have been "unlikeable" mainly Affleck and Perry. He also chose male supporting actors that usually play sensitive and emasculated men like Patrick Fugit and David Clennon. Neil Patrick Harris was the "wild card" for obvious reasons and he was exceptional.

An indictment on contemporary marriage and public persona in our culture. An impressive film noir. Very much reminded me of Soderbergh's Side Effects, which I found slightly better.

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