CAUTION: spoilers ahead.
Andrew and I went and saw Gone Girl today, and although I didn’t think it was as good as the book (and Andrew didn’t like the ending), it was still really good.
It’s suspenseful, and has a very interesting twist. You figure it out about halfway through, but it’s interesting to see how a sociopath’s mind works.
Even though I read the book, I loved seeing what I formed in my mind while reading come to life on screen. Ben Affleck isn’t someone I would have cast, but he did a decent job. Rosamund Pike, someone who is relatively unknown to me, played a very convincing psycho.
If you haven’t read the book, Gone Girl is about Nick and Amy Dunne, whose marriage is on the rocks. Amy disappears, and it looks like Nick killed her. But you find out that Amy is framing Nick because he’s cheating on her, and in the end, Amy comes home.
Plus, the movie was filmed in Cape Girardeau, Mo., about 15 minutes from where Andrew grew up. The book is set in the fictional town of North Carthage, Mo., and I guess Cape was the best real-life fit for the movie. It was strange to see Ben Affleck drive down Main Street and stand on the steps of the old courthouse.
At the beginning of the film, there’s a shot of the flood wall along the Mississippi River—Andrew and I sat there a few years ago and drank coffee and watched the barges go by. We’ve been to restaurants and bars on Main Street. Very weird.
Fun fact: Nick and his sister own a bar, so for the film, they renovated an old building into The Bar. Now, someone purchased it and is going to operate it under the same name. Go Cape redevelopment!