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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-05-31 20:07
Dark Places Movie Review

 

 

Note: Review solely based on movie.  Have not read the full novel.

 

Star Studded  Cast:

Libby Day: Chalize Theron 

Lyle Wirth: Nicholas Hoult

Patty Day: Christina Hendricks 

Ben Day: Corey Stoll

Young Diondra: Chole Grace Moretz

 

IMDB Summary:

"Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night."

 

My thoughts:

 

First lets get some background. My mother, two sisters, and myself were traveling so we stopped at Barnes and Nobles to pick up an audio book to listen to.  We landed on Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  It sounded interesting so we decided to give it a try.  We stopped listening pretty early on. It was extremely inappropriate and dark to listen to which I was not expecting. It would have been fine if I had listened to it on my own but the fact that I was with my mother and sisters made it uncomfortable.  

Once I found out it was being made into a movie and the amazing cast that was behind it I decided to give it a try.  Watching it on my own of course.  

 

Let us first start this out by saying this movie was much longer than it needed to be.  I feel like the movie dragged on for so much longer than it needed to.  We have great actors but the screen writers didn't give them that much to work with. The characters themselves aren't bad they were just lacking a lot of personality.  This awful traumatic event happened and the film fails to make you feel bad.  The movie makes the characters that were killed so annoying so you almost don't feel bad for them.    

 

The plot of this movie is all centered around who killed Libby's family.  Her brother Ben is in prison for the murders but from the beginning we learn that may be untrue.  The entire movie is dragged out until you finally learn at the end that the mother payed to have someone kill her and Ben's crazy ex-girlfriend killed her family members as well.  The buildup to find out was good but it ended up being extremely anti-climactic.  I actually wanted the movie to be creepier. From what I listened to from the book it was disturbing and I felt the movie lost some of that. Gone Girl was a disturbingly creepy book and movie with a mystery you were also trying to solve.  However, with that movie it kept you questioning and wondering the whole time what happened or what was going on.  When I walked away from seeing the movie in theaters, although I thought it was disturbing it was still an entertaining movie.  Exactly what this film was missing was what the other had.  

 

Would I recommend this to others?

 

Unless you read the book and enjoyed this than I wouldn't recommend this to others.  It is definitely for adults only as the subject is dark and not suitable for younger people.  Although, I believe even people who enjoyed the book wouldn't be happy with the movie either because the amount of depth it sorely lacks. With that said, not everyone enjoys the same films so if the trailer interests you than give the movie a try.  Even if you enjoy the mystery behind it you'll probably still admit it was longer than it needed to be.   

 

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-02-08 03:41
Dark Places.
Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

You would think my 1st Gilian Flynn novel would be Gone Girl..But no, I decided to read Dark Places 1st. Dark Places is one of those books that keeps you guessing about what happened to the characters til the very end. Like, seriously, some of the stuff that actually happened to the Day family on that fateful night, I didnt see coming at all.

 

It skips around from present day (under Libby's point of view) to that day 20ish years ago (under her brother's point of view). There is a lot going on but it's not hard to follow the story by any means. I really like the way Gillian Flynn writes. And the characters are very well developed. I especially liked Libby and I kept invisioning Christina Ricci in her character if a movie was ever made, sadly, Charlize Theron will be playing Libby in the movie..siigh..but that is neither here or now there since this is a book review :) 

 

I reccomend reading Dark Places, even if you've read other Gillian Flynn books and not enjoyed them bc this is one of those books that you just can't put down and you keep rooting for Libby and you're not sure what actually happened the nite her entire family was murdered, yet when you find out, you're just sitting there thinkin about how horrible it all was and how a 7yr old Libby (at the time) had to suffer thru life and dealing with all of this death and betrayal (from her brother) that it was none of it fair.

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