A guy down on his luck is forced to move from NYC to Missouri with his high-maintenance wife. The wife disappears, and before you can say good riddance, the guy is arrested for murder.
This isn’t a great movie, maybe not even a good one. It doesn’t have a “message,” or even a point. But it is certainly entertaining, despite its extended running time. The screenplay, an adaptation by Gillian Flynn of her own novel, is crisply done — you won’t have time to notice the glaring plot holes until well after the movie is over.
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike do a great job providing some credibility to totally non-believable characters. The supporting cast is pretty good too.
So relax and enjoy it. Just remember to turn your brain off first.
Family viewing note: This movie has a well-deserved R rating for one scene of horrific violence. And there are a number of offhand S&M references that you may or may not want to explain to your 12-year old.