yooo Gone Girl was so good
it might just be because i’m in love with the Social Network and David Fincher’s direction but the atmosphere he created was perfect.
all those lovely cool colors, and the music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. it was like watching a new story in the same universe as the Social Network.
the only part i couldn’t get into was NPH as Desi Collins. the humor inherent in it being Neil Patrick Harris made it harder for me to stay in the appropriate “mood” through that part of the movie. it was only a minor blip, though, and I wasn’t so taken out of it that i’m gonna be like “ugh ew i wish he hadn’t been cast” because it wasn’t like it ruined anything
i kind of wish I hadn’t read the book first, so that all the giant plot twists and developments could have surprised me even a tiny bit (Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay so it stuck very closely to the book in every way), but on the other hand i’m happy I read the book so that I was able to see all the ways the film was built on the writing. most notably, the ending of the film, which stuck very close to the book ending, which i disliked when i initially read it, but elevated it to the point where I could see that it was the best ending and the only one that completed the story. the music and the cinematography and the acting all made for this haunting, creepy atmosphere that the book could hint at but never make as visceral.
i think I would give it an A as both a movie and an adaptation.