Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name” (2017) and “I Am Love” (2009)) is rebooting Dario Argento’s cult classic of the same name, and from the many plot similarities, it can be described as a remake (despite what actors may say). There seem to be both similarities and differences in the presentation: the music hints at the original, but some visuals are innovative. My favourite element here will be Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc, a clever cast. It will also be interesting to see her character’s antagonistic tension and relationship with the character of Dakota Johnson. My concern is that I hope the film will remain dark and provocative with nice scary jumps, and not become too ridiculous. I am also disappointed with the cast of Johnson. She seems to be good here, but my belief is that someone younger with more remarkable features should have been cast in the lead role. Since it is Luca Guadagnino, a stylish and thought-provoking presentation is guaranteed. The original material is also intriguing, so it promises to be a good film. Continue reading Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows” Trailers
Gone Girl (2014)
David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, starts off with a day of a couple’s fifth wedding anniversary when a husband, Nick (Ben Affleck) discovers the missing of his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike). As the investigation gets underway, Nick begins to admit more surprising facts about his marriage/private life to the point where his self-incrimination becomes inevitable.
One of the most brilliant things about ‘Gone Girl’ is that it is a very entertaining and sarcastically funny movie, with Fincher’s direction being smooth and controlled throughout. Another amazing thing is Rosamund Pike’s brilliant, versatile performance, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Although Pike showed off her excellent portrayals of genuinely sweet and caring women in ‘An Education’ (2009) and ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (2005), here, the actress takes her acting skills to a completely new level. In ‘Gone Girl’, Pike jumps from portraying a sweet, devoted wife to displaying a cunning woman, whose mental and emotional conditions lead her to commit actions of unexpected cruelty.
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