Movie Review: Gone Girl

Ben Affleck and Neil Patrick Harris shine in this bestseller adaptation
ByJack Hardwick Tuesday , 30 September 2014
Movie Review: Gone Girl
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Gone Girl

Directed by David Fincher, responsible for silver screen successes like The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network, Gone Girl stars some of Hollywood's biggest names in a screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn.

The film followers the life of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) after his wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. When an intense media and police bubble reaches fever pitch, Nick's world begins to take a more sinister turn. His strang behaviour and diary entries of his missing wife put the spotlight on him, leaving theworld in a public speculation about whether he killed her.

Ben Affleck leads a stellar cast including Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, Die Another Day) and Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met your Mother, The Smurfs), providing a strong performance of Gillian Flynn's complex character.

Neil's portrayal of twisted plotting ex-boyfriend Desi is a far cry from his break through role of Barney Stinson in the hit US sitcom How I Met Your Mother, however the 41-year-old actor shows he is more than just a one-trick pony, delivering an intense and thought-provoking performance.

Speaking ahead of the release Rosamund Pike spoke of working with Neil, claiming while they spent most of the time in hysterics in the cutting room, when it came down to it on camera he was nothing but professional; however the British beauty did admit their X-rated scene felt inappropriate.

Packed with twists and turns, this dark romance has already caused a stir on social media, when Entertainment Weekly released a Gone Girl cover special showing Ben Affleck's character cuddling up to his wife on a morgue table.

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