The difference between reading a suspense thriller novel and watching its adopted film, as most will agree, is we create the monster(s) in our own head, and we scare ourselves out of our own wit. We reconstruct the monster based on the novelist narrative, descriptions of the killer, from head to toe. However, with a film, they are created for us, so the degree of thrill will heavily depend on its cast, and its direction. Gillian Flynn writes both the novel, and the screenplay. David Fincher is the director.Rosamund Pike is wife, Amy, Ben Affleck is husband, Nick.
Affleck’s performance remained the same low-key, un-emote, lets-get-it-over-with expression as he did in Argo (2012). Pike finally in a role of her own, no longer under shadow of big name actors: Cruise, Bronsan, Knightley,…In this film, she was asked to do some extraordinary things, and she met the challenge head-on, unfortunately her [pretty] face was too much of a dissonance. At one point, she was more like a CIA spy than what the scene asked for. I know it is unfair to compare among actors, but to get my point cross I will have to…because Pike’s Amy was missing the essence of:
Her Oscar’s nomination will certainly propel her, [faster], to better roles. We will have to wait and see.
The film was long, underwhelming, and most of the time made-believe. (That’s all I will tell you, I am not even going give you the general plot).
I want to see these characters with my imagination; I want to create the monster my way, so I am opting to read the book, and watch this movie again, hopefully it will give me a different impression.
WATCH… only after you have read the book!