Neil Patrick Harris
Gone Girl (R)
Suspense/Thriller 145 October 3, 2014
Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, who just doesn't seem to like his wife very much, as he makes clear in the movie's opening voiceover: "I imagine cracking open her head, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers." Soon that wife (Rosamund Pike) has disappeared, and the cops treat him as a suspect. Affleck's Nick struts through the movie like an Abercrombie & Fitch caveman -- his shirts are too tight, as if they can barely contain his muscles, or his pride. Pike may not be quite as well cast -- she's so marble-smooth that her fellow actors don't so much interact with her as slide off all that polished golden surface -- but maybe her coolness works in her favor. If you've read the book, you'll probably want to know that Fincher has honored all of its significant plot points, including the ending.