Ben Affleck Month #3: Gigli, Gone Girl

Gigli

Gigli (2003) is a romantic comedy film that was directed by Martin Brest. It starred Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Christopher Walken & Al Pacino among others. The film received a lot of media attention and interest from the public during its filming as it had a powerful star cast and also because Affleck and Lopez was romantically involved during this time. However, the film was not well received after its release and many dubbed it as one of the worst films of all time.

Gigli (Affleck) is actually the name of a hitman in the movie who was assigned to kidnap the mentally challenged brother of the California DA. He successfully abducts the brother and keeps him in his apartment as a hostage. Ricki (Lopez) a lesbian assassin is assigned to oversee Gigli’s job and to make sure that no mistakes are committed. The story then revolves around how this hitman, the criminal lesbian and the hostage became best of friends through various events. The plot seemed promising on paper but in the movie the story seemed all over the place. We get to see Christopher Walken as a cop in one of the scenes and then he completely disappears from the rest of the film! And Al Pacino appears in just one scene which is definitely an insult to an actor of his stature. The bad guys in the film became good ones overnight and there is no visible cause for this sudden change. It is hard to accept that Gigli is directed by the same director who gave us Scent of a Woman.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl (2014) is a psychological thriller that is directed by David Fincher. The movie is actually based on a novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn who is also responsible for the screenplay of the movie. The main stars of the film include Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike & Neil Patrick Harris. The film was a huge commercial success and received great reviews from all quarters.

Nick Dunne (Affleck), on the occasion of his 5th wedding anniversary reports that his wife (Pike) had gone missing. There is huge media frenzy surrounding this event and under intense pressure from the police, Nick’s status and position in the society begins to crumble as people begin to assume that he is not at all innocent. His strange behavior and lies only make matters worse for him. There are explicit sex and violence scenes in the film which gives it an R rating. However, it can rightly claim that Rosamund Pike has delivered one of her stellar performances in the film which earned her nomination for Academy Awards, BAFTA & Golden Globe. Ben Affleck as the deceitful husband played his part wonderfully well and looked apt for the role but the surprise package was Neil Patrick Harris. The film may not be perfect from all angles but is definitely a great adaptation. It does bring out the confused and troubling part of humans successfully. It is a visually stunning film with an immersive soundtrack and an editing rhythm that cuts through the tissue of the story and its characters like a hot knife. It is a beautiful thriller that keeps the audience wondering about the so called American values of the 20th century. 6

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