Tom Basham

Gone Girl

In This Just OUT on October 4, 2014 at 8:26 am

Gone-Girl0PosterWith a nod to Hall & Oates, I saw “Gone Girl” today, and she is gone, but did anybody look at Daryl’s house?

Nick (Ben Affleck from “Argo“) and Amy (Rosamund Pike from “The World’s End”) are like most married people: happy on the outside and suffering on the inside. She goes missing on their fifth anniversary. There are signs of a scuffle at the house, and the police wait about 20 minutes before they suspect Nick. He claims he had nothing to do with this and can explain the recent increase in her life insurance, the pre-nup, and everything being in her name. Soon there are things Nick cannot explain.

When you are accused of a crime that’s splashed all over TV, you need a lawyer like Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry from “The Single Mom’s Club”) to help you navigate the spotlights and prepare you for the Court of Cable Opinion. Bolt is so good, with his unique “gummy bear” technique; I would call him if I were ever in trouble.

This movie is a great peek inside one of these nightmares from the point of view of the accused. You are with him, and you want to believe. The tension is there in every scene and on every face and you are sure you know where this is going… until it doesn’t go there. I would tell you more, but I still don’t know what I believe.

In the hands of David Fincher (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), this “movie of the week” saga comes pouring out like the top shelf bourbon Nick downs just before his wife goes missing. Fincher plays the perfect tempo as he unravels the plot with a steady beat of backstory. The movie is a little long at two hours and 29 minutes, but just use the “Run Pee” app like I do and you will get through it.

I have read people think Affleck will get an Oscar for this movie, and he was good, but he just played Ben Affleck. He played himself so well I’ll bet you Jennifer Garner sleeps with a gun under her pillow.

I did not like the ending. I don’t think you are supposed to like the ending. I think you are supposed to walk out of the theater screaming, “This can’t be it. This is not over.” For that I must give this movie 4 stars out of 5. As for this “Gone Girl,” I think Nick will have to “pay the devil to replace her.”

Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site:


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