Another Perspective: Gone Girl

Brian Deal           

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a story that centers on Nick and Amy Dunne. The book alternates the point of view between the two main characters. One chapter is the day by day of Nick Dunne and then the next chapter is diary entry by Amy Dunne on a certain day. The story begins and you are led to believe that they have the perfect marriage. However, as the story progresses you begin to realize that maybe their marriage isn’t as great as it seems. Nick begins saying that his wife is anti-social and uninterested in anything and Amy begins to wonder if Nick can be trusted at all, and she even begins to fear her own life.

One day Nick comes back from work and finds that his wife is missing and that his living room has been tampered with. An investigation begins and it appears that Nick has a good alibi. However, as the investigation progresses and we read more and more of Amy’s diary entries, we wonder how innocent Nick actually is, despite what he says. The book then progresses into Part Two and things really begin to get interesting and the story has a shocking twist.

The book is the kind of story that leaves you hanging at the end of every chapter and the next thing you know you are done with the book. After reading this book I couldn’t help but wonder how this author can come up with such a twisted and tormented story. The attention to detail this book provides is amazing. It leaves you asking questions throughout, but find comfort in knowing that they are answered as the book goes on. Gone Girl is a twisted yet comical vision on modern day marriage and the extremes people are willing to do in order to find “justice” in a relationship.      

The movie adaptation of Gone Girl will be out in theaters October 3rd and is directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fight Club). I have confidence that this movie will have as much success as his past movies for many reasons. First, this is not Fincher’s first time doing a movie adaptation of a critically acclaimed novel. He has already done Fight Club and Dragon Tattoo and he did those with much success. Second, Fincher is extremely good at directing a psychological thriller, such as the movies named above, and as well as Se7en. Fincher does an excellent job at making the audience believe it is one thing when it is actually the other. He knows how to make the audience question the credibility of the main character or the narrator. Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl, has already came out and said that ending of the movie is different than the book. She wants the audience to be completely shocked by the ending, even the audience members who have already read the book. This plays to Fincher’s advantage because he is already excellent at keeping the audience guessing.

 Lastly, after reading the book and then viewing the trailer for the movie, I noticed how similar the movie is to the book. This makes me excited because it seems as if they kept the close to the entire plot the same except for the end, which I am perfectly fine with. The ending of the book is a little disappointing, therefore I am looking forward to the direction the movie takes the ending. Simply another reason why I must see this movie!

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Arguing for That Awkward Moment

Brian Deal

I’m going to take some time to talk about a movie that was slammed by the critics. In early 2014 That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron (The Lucky One and Neighbors), Miles Teller (21 and Over) and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle), came out and it did not do well at all. The movie focuses around the three main characters, who are all best friends, and each one finds themselves in a relationship and they all need to figure out if they want to continue the relationship or to end it. It is a situation that everyone can relate to because we have all had to make that decision. In my opinion, that is what makes the movie so enjoyable. Yes, some of the actions and decisions that the characters make are ridiculous and probably unrealistic. However, let us keep in mind that this is a fictional movie and they are making light out of a somewhat serious situation. This is a movie that everyone can relate to and if you watch it with little expectations, you will find yourself with the perfect date night movie.

This is also an opportunity to catch three rising stars in the same movie. These three actors are going to be around in Hollywood for many years to come, and the chemistry and talent you see in them in this movie are evident. If you are a superhero junkie like me, then you will be seeing Teller and Jordan in a couple years in the Fantastic Four reboot as Mr. Fantastic and the Human Torch, respectively. Efron, on the other hand, already is signed up for 6 more movies in the not-so-distant future. These guys will soon be household names in the movie business and there is no better way to see all three of them than in this movie.

This is not the kind of movie that will ever win any kind of significant awards. As a matter of fact, if you are an adult reading this, you also may not enjoy this movie because it is centered on three 20-somethings. However I find it relatable. This movie is potentially thought provoking for anyone in college or recently out of college and is either looking for or is in a relationship. It provides a certain point of view on what being a relationship is all about and perhaps it will give you an idea if you are ready to be in one. This movie is amusing, romantic, deep, and 94 minutes long. I would say that it is more than worth the $1 rental at Redbox if you are looking for a movie to watch one night. This is coming from a man who watched it with three of his male college roommates. 

Coming Soon: Fury

Brian Deal

One of the movies that I am most looking forward to is Fury. This movie is directed by David Ayer (Sabotage and End of Watch) and the story centers around an army tank and her five man crew towards the end of WWII as the Americans attempt to defeat Nazi Germany. The cast is led by Brad Pitt, who portrays Wardaddy and he is the lead of the tank. The cast also includes Shia LeBeouf, Michael Pena (End of Watch) and Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). If you enjoyed End of Watch then you may want to check this movie out. It appears to take on a similar style in the sense that in End of Watch it focuses on the relationship between the two main characters in the cop car. In Fury, it appears to be similar where they focus on the relationships in the tank as the war takes place. If it worked once, why not try it again?

You cannot go wrong with Brad Pitt either. I cannot think of the last time I saw a Brad Pitt movie and thought to myself, “I did not enjoy that.” The guy knows how to pick good movies and he comes off as extremely likeable. For all of the negativity that surrounds LeBeouf these days, that is completely forgotten with Pitt at the lead for this movie. Based off of the trailer, this movie is heading to be a box office hit. It has an outstanding cast, a successful director, and is set in an intriguing and influential time period. If you are looking for an entertaining, yet powerful, movie, this is the movie to watch out for.

Fury is an upcoming World War II film, set to be released November 14, 2014. Set in the last few months of the War, Wardaddy and his crew face rough odds when they are assigned to a mission behind-enemy-lines.