Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★

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Upon second viewing, the magic of Gone Girl has largely disappeared. Mystery Solved, character's motivations fall apart and seem shoehorned and downright bizarre. The second half retains its power, and remains quite good, amidst revelations and once-missed details. Rosamund Pike is incredibly powerful in her role, and Ben Affleck undoubtedly has his moments. Finchers' direction is cold and calculating, breathing life into a somewhat contrived story, elevated by snappy dialogue and a grandiose mystery. I really hoped that the second viewing would provide more answers, or contain a treasure chest of missed hints and clues. Instead, it comes across as boring and robotic, characters motivated only by their connection to the mystery - like perfectly shaped puzzle pieces meant to fit neatly, and without question, into the narrative.

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