When and how did I watch this?
January 10th and 11th, 2016, on a friend’s PLEX account.
Had I seen this film already?
What did I know about the movie before watching it?
Just about nothing.
What do I know about it now?
This is another film I wanted to like, and at times it was fascinating and engrossing. The film worked on several levels, running the vein of mystery thriller, drama, and at times, horror. I learned along with Nick (Affleck) what to do and what not to do in a marriage. Just like him, we wanted everything to be okay, and then things were more terribly wrong than we could have imagined. Amy (Pike) makes life miserable for Nick to an unimaginable degree, and we’re left to wonder how this is all going to shake out.
But just when I thought it would resolve itself, I was hung out to dry. For me, it was proof positive that not every book is translatable to the screen. Oh, the colors and the tension and the twists and turns were there, but for cinematic purposes, there must be catharsis. There was none. Furthermore, the content was sometimes unbearable, particularly in the arenas of sex and language, both of which really took away from the story. One violent scene in particular was debatable; I could have done without it, but it’s truly what pushed the film into uncharted territory (at least, from this rookie film viewer’s perspective). I was also really turned off by Nick’s indecision at the end, which seemed wholly unrealistic.
What are some themes in the film?
Betrayal, sex, psychology, self-preservation, the American dream, marriage/infidelity, the justice system, media
Did this affect me personally?
The violent scene I alluded to will never, ever be forgotten. The delicacy and the colors. My gosh.
Why is this ranked #157?
It’s new, it’s violent, it’s sexual, it has a hot guy and a hot chick in it, it has Barney Stinson/Doogie Howser. The book was a bestseller in close proximity to the movie release. The story is compelling enough to push it up the list even further.
Did my wife watch/like it?
This movie forced her to question whether she will accompany me on my journey any further.
Would I watch it again?
Would I recommend it to a friend?
I wouldn’t, but who am I to say?
Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?
I don’t think so. It hasn’t been time tested at all, and it doesn’t really transcend anything other than being incredibly shocking at times. Great performances by the actors, and some quality suspense and coloring are included, but that’s where the “greatness” ends.