Book vs. Movie Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
“There are two sides to every story”
The live action version of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was released in South Africa on 10 October 2014 and naturally I just had to go see it. So last week Thursday we enjoyed it in a completely empty cinema – must be because it was in the middle of the week. And WOW!
I read the book earlier this year and was just completely captivated from the get go. Gone Girl is not a classical mystery, rather a psychological thriller, so why am I reviewing it? Well there is a missing wife, a very guilty looking husband and enough suspense to keep the pages turning on their own. So when the opportunity came along to do my first book vs movie review, I couldn’t resist.
Just like the book, the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat! Your eyes are locked on the screen, attention grabbed and just anticipating the next scene. The same level of suspense you feel while reading the book was just brilliantly captured on the big screen. But how could it not be, seeing as Gillian Flynn wrote the screen play as well.
The dark and dreary world of Nick and Amy Dunne was portrayed perfectly by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Both actors managed to portray the many character layers that meticulously unravel as the book progresses.
What I found really refreshing about the story was that it was so unpredictable. On one hand you have this couple that seems to have such a great relationship, especially at the start and then you wonder where did it all go so wrong? You wonder, when did they start hating each other? I don’t think hate is a strong word either… I mean they really really despise one aother at the end.
One criticism I do have is the quick pace the movie took. With the book you are slowly introduced to the characters. You empathise with each character, more so with Amy through her diary entries, and you really start wondering what Nick is hiding after his “I just told my [insert number] lie” statements. And the treasure hunt, a central plot point in the book, was cut short in the movie. I would have liked to see the entire treasure hunt, because it is not only significant to their marriage but also to the overall plot. However, you can still follow the plot with ease even if you haven’t read the book, but having read the book you do feel it jumps from one scene to another a bit hastily.
There has been much debate about the quality of Hollywood adaptations and there have been many hits and misses over the years. But this one was a definite hit! I was so captivated, I decided to read the book again! In the end, even though the movie was really great, I would still prefer the book. I guess the only thing left is to rate Gone Girl. I was so impressed, there is no other way but to give Gone Girl an astounding five! Take the time and go see it, you won’t be disappointed!