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For the record, I personally thought Gone Girl was a great movie. Rosamund Pike was poetically perfect as "Amazing Amy" Dunne and her performance still haunts our dreams. That said, the David Fincher film was not without its faults, and this video is quick to point them all out.
Screen Junkies’ latest edition of its Honest Trailers series tackles the Golden Globe-nominated film, who’s climactic moment, apparently, was showing Ben Affleck’s side wang. That was the one moment the Internet couldn’t stop talking about. It wasn’t the brutal slaughtering of — SPOILER ALERT — Neil Patrick Harris’ Desi or the fact that Amy shoves a champagne bottle up her snatch. No, it’s the side wang. But the Honest Trailer does touch upon all these psychotic moments.
"Based on the book everyone’s mom read on the beach, comes the best acted, coolest looking, most well written Lifetime movie ever made: Gone Girl." Following this oh so appropriate line comes our favorite part of the entire thing: the upbeat, campy music usually found over the opening credits of a sitcom. But was the film really all that bad? Granted, the purpose of these videos is to point out all the flaws, no matter how nit picky they might be, for comedic effect. But this installment seemed to focus more on the ridiculousness of the story than the film’s actual faults.
While many of these grievances that the video picks a part aren’t that big of a deal — to me, at least — we all can (or should) agree with the Honest Trailers assessment that Gone Girl could have used more of Tyler Perry as showboat defense lawyer Tanner Bolt. Knowing how great he is in the movie, it’s crazy to think how the actor would’ve completely bailed on the project if he had been familiar with Fincher’s work. As he explained back in August,
I probably would have walked away from it. If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work, or if I'd known the book was so popular, I would have said, no. And my agent knew that! He didn't tell me until after I signed on!
Apparently, if it’s not the most indie of indie movies, Tyler Perry doesn’t like to be featured in anything that doesn’t star him as Madea. But he was fantastic as Tanner Bolt, the lawyer who made a living defending the most lowly of criminals.
While Gone Girl did have its issues, the film has been a contender in this year's award season. Just this past weekend it was in competition for four Golden Globes, including Best Actress for Rosamund Pike - though it didn’t take home any prizes on Hollywood’s big night of debauchery. That being said, there’s still the Oscars to look forward to. The list of nominees will be announced on the morning of January 15th and Gone Girl seem locked to fill at least some of those slots.