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Monday, February 16, 2015

Report Card---"Gone Girl"

I am barreling through the rest of the Oscar related films this week, because Oscar night is next Sunday, and I want to leave time to do "Rothman's Picks For The Oscars" later in the week.
There will be a post up every day until Oscar Night.
And after the Oscars, I'll still have a couple of Report Cards to put up.
I found myself enjoying "Gone Girl" immensely, until they got to one of the most disappointing endings I'd ever seen.
Much like "Birdman".
Storytelling rules were violated, beyond redemption.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Only the ending, and not in a good way.

Is it a story worth telling?

It certainly could be.

Is it good storytelling?

Very good, until the ending.

Is it well written?

Very. It supported what was good about the picture

Is it well cast? Well played?

Ben Affleck was very good, but that's where it broke down. You cast Ben Affleck, you buy his persona. At the end, they left his persona in the dust. The actress who was nominated opposite him didn't bring a persona with her, so she was easier to take.

Well shot?

Nothing special.

Is it too long? Too short?

The pace was fine.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

It was rather far-fetched, and the ending made me not care.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

The ending was not predictable, and totally surprising. Not in a good way.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Mainly about how they botched it.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not any bucks.

Is it impressive?

It's a good roller-coaster ride, until the end.

Overall grade: B-.

If you cast Cary Grant, he must be heroic. Affleck could have been, and the movie would have been much better.
Sometimes, you just have to give the audience what they expect.


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Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."