Sarah Jane 🔪’s review published on Letterboxd:
I don't think it is any secret that I dislike Ben Affleck. Over the years, my intense hatred of him has lessened and now, well, I still don't really care for him but some of his work is O-K. The Town is good and I thought Gone Baby Gone was okay so I like him better as a director than as an actor.
I do, however, like David Fincher. I've seen most everything he's done apart from The Game and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I am one of the few that like Alien 3! So going into this one, I was willing to give it a try. I have not read the book nor had I read anything about it that would have spoiled the movie.
This was another film where my husband and I didn't have our usual witty banter. We were mostly quiet throughout the film. I didn't want to tell him, right from the start, that I knew what was going on. Again, I had no prior knowledge of the content and, yet, it was so obvious to me. Once the 'twist' was revealed, my husband turned and said "I had no idea". I looked at him like he was insane, but I was glad I kept quiet about what I had figured out. The same thing happened when I watched The Sixth Sense. That time, I did actually whisper to my husband about 10 minutes in what I thought. I learned my lesson after that. I feel it is a bit of a curse not being able to just enjoy a movie without trying to think things through and figure shit out. I just can't 'let go'.
This one, like The Babadook, was a good film. I liked it (although, I could have done without seeing Affleck's cock. Yes, I always look) and didn't have any issues with it. Did it feel like a Fincher film? I dunno. When I watch a Coen Brother's movie, I know I'm watching a Coen Brother's movie. They always have a look. The cinemotography, the style, you know what I mean. Se7en. Zodiac, and Fight Club, to me, look liike Fincher films. I'd have to watch it again, to see if I could tell this was one of those. It wasn't obvious to me.
Is Gone Girl the best movie I've seen this year? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Would I rank it among Fincher's best? No. Films I love give me this feeling in my chest after I've seen them. They thrill me and make my heart pound. I did not get that feeling with this one and, to be fair, it doesn't happen that often. I give this 4 stars because it was well done but did I love it? No.