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Sodas & Popcorn Movie Review: Gone Girl

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For a lot of cinephiles, they probably admitted this ages ago, so apologies for arriving at the party a bit late. So here it goes… DAVID FINCHER IS A MOVIE MAKING GOD!!!

Gone girl is a loud film, Surprisingly for a low-beat psychological thriller.This is amazingly so because large part of the movie revolves, not around things as they are, but things as they appear to be. It is bolstered even more by the severely biased minds of its main characters (But really, isn’t that how humans really are?) It is a film grounded in so much surrealism, Fincher has led us into a world where we live the characters’ lives as it is in their heads, so much so the reality becomes very displeasing for both Nick and Amy Dunne. Amy justifiably more unbalanced and crazy than Nick, but who is really at fault here?

Very early in the movie, Nick Dunne returns home from the bar to find Amy, his wife of five years gone and a table overturned and broken with signs of struggle. Naturally, he calls the police and the ensuing search takes us into the shallowness and depths of human capability. Nick, a Missouri-bred, former men’s magazine writer, self-described as a type-B personality feels the pressure to seem more affected by his wife’s disappearance leading to a series of catastrophic overcompensations. The climax of which is ultimately the “killer smile” scene. Amy, the pregnant blonde, beautiful poster child for American sympathy, we find out has been increasingly dissatisfied with her marriage through a series of journal entries taking us from their happy newlywed, sex everywhere phase to her fear that she has become something to be discarded.

From start to finish, my eyes and thoughts were fixed on getting to the tail end and I just kept biting my fingernails in anticipation and asking myself ‘What next? Oh my! what next?! It can’t get any worse than this, can it?’
Not reading the book ahead of seeing the movie was a big plus for me. But two years seemed like a mighty long time to have an amazing book like this adapted into a movie.

All hail the great and awesome David Fincher. With works such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (one of my favorites) one can’t help but bet good cash on this one.
The twisted psychological thrills and suspense all the way to the score of the movie sent shivers down my spine. There is this scene which shall not be described (let’s just say, it’s a very violent scene) where my heart almost beat out of my chest. It’s been a while since a thriller gave me such chills. And this wasn’t just any kind of thriller. It was a masterfully made mind juggling puzzle.

It was almost impossible to figure out what to expect next. Once in a while, a movie so well written comes around that you can hardly figure it out. You have no idea what to expect in the next scene. You simply just sit there, marvel at the movie’s awesomeness shrouded in nail biting and pee holding suspense and anticipate the next thing that would be thrown at you. I duff my invisible hat to Gillian Flynn for birthing this masterpiece. Buuut, in life nothing can be perfect so I’d have to give a downside approval to the scenes before the end credit. Yeaaah…we can’t always eat our cake and have it can we? Damn you Gillian.

Central to the story is the score, masterfully composed by the duo of Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross. A score so potent in fear, you don’t realize how afraid you were till the moment has passed and you heave a sigh of relief. It lulls you into a false comfort keeping you only just mildly aware of the danger looming before you. Look out for ticking clocks, drowning sounds and haunting shrieks. The cinematography is flawless, coated with beautiful hues that shift as frequently as the storyline.

Come on! With Ben Affleck , Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and Carrie Coon all guided by David Fincher. What could go wrong?
I haven’t really had the chance to watch Rosamund and Carrie on the big screen till recently but I couldn’t help but fall in love with their talent. To think Carrie looks NOTHING like her character on set was unexpecting. Then Rosamund was just…just the star of the show. Do not underestimate the wrath of the female specie. Never. Never, ever.

Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry were a breath of fresh air. I really loved not seeing Madea in a movie featuring Tyler Perry. I couldn’t help waiting for Neil to throw up his hand for a legendary high five once in a while though…

Then Ben..My buddy Ben. Can’t believe I wasn’t into seeing his movies back in the day. I literally had to be dragged from wherever I was to see any of them. But then Argo, The Town and Good Will Hunting bit me in the ass (thanks to the big bro) and I never looked back after then. Still I’m kinda finding it hard depicting him as Batman…but that’s by the way.

The Verdict
Fill in the blanks people. You know what it is. You cannot hype a movie this much without it being a Popcorn & Soda.
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Don’t need to give further reasons do I?
But, I shan’t speak for the masses so I give you the grace to give your verdict in the comment box below.

By the way, do you know that we will be giving away 50,000 Naira cash and a movie poster deal with a Sodas&Popcorn accliamed film maker to the Winner of the Nollywood Movie Spoof Competition? You wanna know more? Click here to find out.

Hello there, we are Sodas & Popcorn. An award winning movie blog at the Nigerian Blog Awards. We review the movies released to Nigerian and International cinemas and give the trusted verdict on the movie to our readers.

22 Comments

  1. Ojie Imoloame

    October 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Loved it! Absolutely loved it!

  2. Ada nnewi

    October 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    In just 3 words the movie was AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!

  3. tunmi

    October 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love your review. I am definitely going to see it soon, right after Dear White People. The website to the Nollywood Movie Spoof Competition says ‘the webpage is not available’. I tried to view it on my android phone, I’ll try again on a desktop.

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      Sodas & Popcorn

      October 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks Tunmi. Here is the link. sodasandpopcorn.com/2014/10/19/nollywood-movie-spoof-competition-2/

  4. Shoogah

    October 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    This is a really good movie, everyone should definitely go see it if you can 🙂

  5. Leo

    October 22, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    A very wonderful movie, loved it.

  6. malkia

    October 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    i did loooove it too !! more like mega awesome!!
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  7. Eve82

    October 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    The movie is quite long, but will keep you glued to your seat. Absolutely loved every bit of it!

  8. Myne Whitman

    October 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve read the book already and feel the movie will spoil it like HOAYS. What do you think?

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      Sodas & Popcorn

      October 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      lol. I haven’t read the book, but I have a strong feeling this is an experience you’d love. It might (most likely) not beat the experience of reading the book, but lets not forget the screenplay is also written by the author of the book. So it should be memorable for you.

  9. Bisous

    October 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    To say this film is amazing is an understatement. You think you’ve guessed the twists and alot of the time you have but there are more than enough twists you definitely did not see coming. Great film that I would recommend to anyway who wants to be left clinching on to the edge of their seat. Its nice to watch a film for once that constantly leaves you guessing and leaves you’re mind racing with thoughts on the way home

  10. @edDREAMZ

    October 22, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Sounds interesting, i think i will go and search for it…….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  11. benito

    October 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I totally loved this movie.

  12. hungry Boy

    October 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    So far this is the best film I have seen this year.

  13. Onye

    October 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    It was quite a good film until the ending which was pointless, ridiculous and annoying

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      Sodas & Popcorn

      October 23, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Lol…you were expecting a happy ending? Think about it. How many people are stuck in marriages where for some reasons they cannot get out?

  14. jake ro

    October 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Good analysis of the movie and also totally agree with you about mr affleck being the next batman.i cannot see him looking batman at all.let them look for someone else.a good actor he is but, batman, well hell no from me.

  15. aisha

    October 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Amazing drama movie ever!!!!! Best of Ben…

  16. Okeke Dera

    October 23, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Watched the movie yesterday…OMG..Initially I tot it was a waste of my cooperate tuesday cash….well to cut d long story short…it was so worth it…Amy is a real psychopath and d movie was really unpredictable…didnt expect it to end d way it did…but den again…thats wen u see d versatility of d director at play…
    This is definitely A MUST WATCH..

  17. Mz Socially Awkward...

    October 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Looks like a well received movie from everyone’s comments. Good to hear because my friend’s been hounding me to go see the movie, which we’re finally doing tomorrow night.

    Will revert with my own take on it afterwards. 🙂

  18. http://xplorenollywood.blogspot.com

    October 27, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    You totally killed it with your review and i truth be told it was an awesome movie. Keep it up Sodas!

    • Sodas & Popcorn

      Sodas & Popcorn

      October 29, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Thanks XploreNollywood. We appreciate that.

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