Movie: Gone Girl
What it’s up for: Leading Actress
I cannot remember the last time I was so frustrated throughout the entire extent of a movie. Not that Gone Girl is a bad movie, per se. In fact, I enjoyed the mystery and suspense of most of it. It’s just one of those movies where you SO BADLY want to see a character get justice and things just don’t happen as you expect.
Gone Girl tells the story of a missing woman (Rosamund Pike) from multiple perspectives. Her husband (Ben Affleck) quickly becomes the main suspect and he and his sister try their best to prove his innocence.
I feel like I might be one of the last people to see this movie, so this post will be written with several SPOILERS because that may be the only way to fully discuss Rosamund Pike’s performance.
Before I get to Rosamund, let’s talk about the rest of the movie. The story itself in interesting and keeps you involved. It makes you want to know how the story will end, regardless of the fact that the screenplay itself is not great. It has a weird flow because it has to bounce back and forth between several different timelines. That method has been successfully used in other films but there’s something off here. It could just be that the supporting characters are frustratingly useless. There is a surprise appearance from none other than Boy Meets World’s Minkus (Lee Norris) which I found to be sufficiently distracting from the otherwise shallow performances of the police. It may have been intentional to have the police
act not act but it was incredibly difficult to watch.
Also, I just want to mention the audio: The score (particularly during flashbacks to Nick and Amy’s earlier relationship stages) comes off as unbelievably grating and is accentuated by the fact that the sound mixing is terrible. That kind of thing is unforgivable in my mind. I know I’m no sound mixer, but if you can notice bad sound mixing, something probably could’ve been fixed.
Alright, Rosamund Pike. She definitely deserved this nomination primarily for the present day timeline in the movie. Her flashback timeline was awkward to watch, but that may be due to the bad sound mixing. She just seemed flat and non-expressive. That gets completely put aside though when we get the meat of the mystery of Amy’s disappearance. She becomes this character that you HATE so much because of her manipulation of Nick and the other men from her life. Her character spends a significant amount of time being an actor herself. She goes through multiple different personalities and characters with various people. Once her true self is revealed to the audience, watching her pretend to be this innocent, victimized woman drove me CRAZY! That’s a good sign for a great actor. If not for the TERRIBLE ending, I may actually like this movie solely because of her performance.
Doubtful but it is a wide open category this year