I read the book, so I wasn’t surprised by any of the numerous twists that Flynn imagined up in her story. I also wasn’t surprised that I found the movie just as convoluted and boring as the book. I still don’t understand how or why it attracted such a following.
It’s the mystery/thriller/drama equivalent of the Scream franchise. It uses cliched, trope-filled action while critiquing the culture and society’s thirst for vengeance over justice. The unfortunate thing is that it gets caught up in being melodramatic and fails to adequately execute that social criticism. It’s awful.
The actors do a great job, which is why it’s getting two stars instead of just one. I think the supporting cast deserves the most credit. They really try to sell the film. Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris both did absolutely incredible work. Ben isn’t one of my favorite actors, but I generally like his acting work. In this movie, I don’t. As Nick, he carries a constant grimace that just makes him look constipated. He looks more like he needs to find a box of laxatives than his missing wife.
Like with the book, I think it is a waste of time and that you should really skip it unless you like the book or members of the cast. It’s just not worth the hype. There are so many better movies out there.