Gone Girl (2014): Engelsk kortrecension från mitt Letterboxd-konto: Pretty trashy, but in a good way. I really liked this film overall, but it has some serious flaws that keep it from being one of director David Fincher’s best. The “big thing” that happens halfway through was so much more crushing in Gillian Flynn’s novel (which I read about a year ago), and that is not just because I knew what was coming. The thing is, much of the effective storytelling in the book is done in diary form, and that particular bit translates very poorly to film. I can’t say more than that without going into spoilers, but see it and you’ll understand what I mean. Also - in some scenes - Fincher tries to keep a very high pace when it comes to the dialogue, editing and such, á la “The Social Network”. The problem is that the screenplay is very far from Aaron Sorkin-quality, so it just feels hasty and strange most of the time. On the positive side, both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are great and capture the essence of the characters we have come to know. This can also be said about Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens and Emily Ratajkowski, all of whom perform well in their supporting roles. Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth is on top of his game and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross deliver their best and most ominous score yet, which says a lot. All things cosidered, Fincher has once again delivered a competent, suspenseful, entertaining and well crafted thriller, but I can’t really shake the feeling of slight disappointment.
UPPDATERING: Nedan har jag lagt till lite tankar kring slutet i filmen och en del av de obefogade - enligt mig - klagomål som vissa lagt fram i sina recensioner. Det blir med andra ord en saftig SPOILERVARNING här, så läs inte vidare om du inte har sett filmen.