This was actually good but youmas actually vastly prefer Gone Girls adaptation for like... interesting... reasons. Sad! The only thing that would have made this like an actual fave was if miss Charlize beat older Diondra's ass in the final confrontation like it already feels like a tv/indie thriller they should have went all out and re-written that part for full impact/catharsis.
Moretz is the ultimate case of miscast. I like her but I kept feeling as if she didn't fit in here and that sometimes made me not like her acting. Same with Charlize. I got no connection at all from this. I feel like so much more could've been done, specially with a cast like this one. Tbh, the only one who I think was cast right was Andrea Roth who actually looks just like an older version of Moretz.
Charlize Theron is so much better than the material present here in an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel. A strange verve in career for director Paquet-Brenner after the emotional 'Sarah's Key' a few years ago. The film fails to engage in any interesting way giving in to thriller clichés that ruin anything of note.
A 5-star performance by Theron stuck inside a 2-star TV-movie. I´m sure this story worked in written form but not all books are suited for the cinema. It´s too meandering in plotting and tone and while the acting is top notch through and through the whole thing is let down by a director who can't muster up what is needed.... thrills, suspense and most of all a narrative urgency that makes us give a damn.
Fincher's slick "Gone Girl" glossed up Flynn's harrowing, cynical and occasionally misanthropic writing in an ironic, gleefully biting way that Hitchcock might've admired -- but Gilles Paquet-Brenner plays things straight, for better and worse. Cruelty is never softened, mocked or shied from here, but the result is a grounded and well-acted thriller. Hendricks, Stoll and Theron are all great.
I don't know about you, but this was pretty entertaining from start until it finished. The turn of events sparks intrigue and mystery, quite enough that I didn't leave my seat. Charlize Theron's performance was as impressive as her repertoire, no disappointment there. I didn't read the book, and I don't know how much they've changed in the story. But what I do know is, I was entertained, and that's enough for me.
Lifetime-movie-boring. Imagine how great this could be if it was directed by David Fincher, or at least had its screenplay written by Gillian Flynn herself. Also I never imagined I could dislike a character played but Charlize Theron.