With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. (IMDb)
Affleck’s Nick acts suspicious from the get-go here, which feels sudden and anti-climatic; add in awkward cuts and unnaturally quick dialogue and you have a first half-hour that fails to latch on despite a well-crafted atmosphere. Yet led by Pike’s excellent turn a shocking plot grabs a hold from here: First uncertainty abounds as the line between victim and villain is blurred, then definite and bloody revelations follow as the line is made startlingly clear once again in a haunting final act.
I agree that the beginning of Gone Girl definitely has an alienating quality to it. I became more and more engrossed in the story as it unfolded though and thought the personal and public baggage that Affleck brought to the part served it well.
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Agreed! I loved how you kinda kept going back and forth between rooting for Affleck’s character and then not. The film managed to redeem itself pretty well with a great final two thirds. Thanks for the comment!