Seems like the first reviews are really coming out now. This time I have the review from Variety for you. Once again they have great things to say about Rosamund’s portrayal of Amy. Check their website for the full review and read the part about Rosamund below.
Still, as its title suggests, “Gone Girl” belongs to its leading lady. Pike is the sort of elegantly composed blonde beauty with whom Hitchcock would have had a field day, and some may well quibble that the actress’s cool British hauteur doesn’t fully capture Amy’s America’s-sweetheart side. Yet as evidenced by her years of solid supporting work, she also possesses the sort of ferocious charisma that magnetizes the screen, and it’s a thrill to watch her fully embrace the showiest, most substantial role of her career. Hers is the low, seductive voice we hear coaxing us through the story’s early passages, and hers is the character who ultimately exhibits the most dynamic range: In any given scene, her Amy can seem vulnerable, aggrieved, calculating, heroic, overmatched, viperous and terrifying.
The Hollywood Reporter has written a great review for Rosamund’s upcoming movie Gone Girl and they have great things to say about Rosamund’s and her co-star Ben Affleck’s performance. Check out the entire review on THR.com and read some snippets about Rosamund below.
A good-looking pair of New York writers, Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Ben Affleck) were uprooted and transplanted, quite infelicitously, to small-town Missouri, thanks to a financial setback and Nick’s father’s illness. Glamorous and sexy back East, they quickly became grating and loveless as they knocked around a personality-free house in one of the world’s most boring places.
Affleck, who has never been more ideally cast, delivers a beautiful balancing act of a performance, fostering both sympathy and the suspicion that his true self lies somewhere between shallow jerk and heartless murderer. Pike, who has been notable in several roles over the past dozen years (Pride & Prejudice, Jack Reacher) but has rarely played full-blown leads, is powerful and commanding. Making Amy even steelier and more brazen than one might have imagined, she evinces no vulnerability but, rather, a strong sense of self-worth, as Amy seems to dare others to size themselves up against her. Physically and emotionally, Pike looks to have immersed herself in this profoundly calculating character, and the results are impressive.
Along with the parallel structural device and alternating narrative voices, what distinguishes the novel Gone Girl from any number of other modern mystery thrillers is its corrosive view of marriage, a theme amply underlined by Pike’s spiky performance.
The actress Rosamund Pike, star of Jack Reacher and the forthcoming Gone Girl, has credited her Old Etonian partner, a recovering heroin addict 18-years her senior, with bringing focus to her career.
The former Bond girl, who suffered a string of broken relationships before she met Robie Uniacke, a mathematical researcher, says his “astute mind” helped shape the way she approaches her characters.
She said: “I have a very clever partner who’s got a very astute mind and is very, very well read and articulate and ruthless about how something I do might play out on screen. My tendency is to identify with a character and imagine there is more on the page than there is. He’s quite good at putting a check on that.”
Pike, who has been with Uniacke for six years, first grabbed public attention when she landed the role of the Bond girl in Die Another Day at the age of 21, before going on to appear in Pride and Prejudice and An Education, but she denies that success has fallen into her lap.
“I feel very uncomfortable because people think I have walked into this profession through connections and looks, and they somehow think it’s easy – and it’s not f****** easy. I don’t have connections. And I didn’t have parents, or a social set, who had anything to do with the film industry,” she said.
Rosamund and co-star Simon Pegg were interviewed while in Berlin to promote Hector and the Search for Happiness. They talked about the movie and about how the English are scared of sincerity.