Director: David Fincher
Writers: Gillian Flynn (screenplay), Gillian Flynn (novel)
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
The apparent question is: Did a happily-married man (Ben Affleck) kill his wife (Rosamund Pike)? It’s not long before the dark water gets very cloudy, even murky. What’s really going on and who’s actually involved? The performances are strong and the pressure is constant. Director David Fincher has crafted a smart & slyly suspenseful investigation into love and deception on any number of levels.
GAY ANGLE: A few fleeting glimpses of Affleck’s beefy new Batman body and Neil Patrick Harris plays straight.
Director: David Dobkin
Writers: Nick Schenk (screenplay), Bill Dubuque (screenplay),
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Robert Downey Jr. chews up a role that’s customized for his overblown, confident style. He plays a big-city lawyer who returns to his small hometown and the very strained relationship with his father (Robert Duvall), a judge in more ways than one. When the judge is accused of murder, his son swoops to his defense. While much of Downey’s grandstanding is enjoyable and Duvall’s performance is exceptional, this screenplay is chocked full of cliches and an overabundance of mean-spirited interactions. There is a relatively solid court case at the center, but the excessive length and obvious attempts to create a compelling drama weigh on the final verdict.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.