I am furious with myself for spending money to see this film. It is a tank-ful of war movie cliches from beginning to end. It is constantly reminding the audience what we are supposed to be feeling. It spends 50% of the time stuck on someone’s face who is dealing with an intense thought or emotion. In place of any kind of structure it attempts to manipulate us into reckoning with the horrors of war and necessity of brotherhood. It fails in this. It’s characters are played by actors who’ve played the role 5 times already (sans Shia LaBeouf who is actually the only part of the film I liked). It’s cinematography is lazy. It’s soundtrack is dull. It is Saving Private Ryan's limbless, brainless, spineless, tongueless, blind, pet golden retriever and it should be put out of its misery.
This film is aggressively unsettling…but beautifully made. Fincher, per usual, is so exacting in how he captures and constructs moments. He is such an impressive filmmaker. I also like the fact that the film is getting so many different responses. It asks a lot of questions and doesn’t give many answers. It forces its audience to solve the puzzle. I’ve been particularly intrigued by Christianity Today’s take on the film as a contemporary critique of what we present on the outside vs. what’s actually on the inside. A pretty basic controlling idea that takes on a more poignant meaning with each socio-technological advancement we face. This film is certainly not for everyone, but it is gripping from the first shot to the last.
Christianity Today’s review: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/october-web-only/gone-girl.html
Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)