Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Cast: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Corey Stoll, Chloë Grace Moretz. 113 min. Rated R. UK/France/USA. Mystery/Thriller.
Yes, movies and books are two separate entities, and you shouldn't judge a movie by the book it's adapted from. But Gone Girl largely dispelled that theory, so when another Gillian Flynn adaptation doesn't go so well, you realize how Fincher's exquisite direction and Flynn's dexterity at scripting her own material made Gone Girl so superb. The power of this novel's characters and the gruesomeness of the story has been significantly watered down here, and the minor deviations from the novel have made it ambiguous. Watching Theron and the unrecognizable Hendricks boast their acting skills is the film's sole pleasure.
PS: It has finally happened: movies are sold online on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, ... a week before their theater release.