Movie Review – Dark Places

“I was not a lovable child, and I’d grown into a deeply unlovable adult. Draw a picture of my soul, and it’d be a scribble with fangs.” Libby Day, Dark Places

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Ok, it’s time to come clean: this movie wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I wanted to love it because I loved Gone Girl (both the book and the movie) and I loved the book and I loved the cast…. but I didn’t love the movie. It was… fine. Like, sure watch it on a sick day but don’t rush out and see it kind of fine.

Spoiler Alert

I felt as though in the book, there was more talk and discussion of this “Kill Club” of sorts and that was definitely lacking in the movie. That was a fascinating part of the story for me so I was missing it in the movie. I didn’t like the flash-backs – they were very hard to follow, which is what I was afraid would happen. The book also had more talk about Ben’s devil worship, which was also interesting but was missing somewhat in the movie too.

I say again, I really liked the cast. I thought they were, for the most part, spot on. I read that Amy Adams was originally cast as Libby Day and that would have been… wrong. Charlize Theron nails the part in my opinion, but the timeline and feel of the movie was not what I had hoped for.

Summary

Because I liked the book so much, I can’t figure out exactly what I didn’t like about the movie, or didn’t love about the movie. If you like the book, I really recommend seeing it – the story line follows the book really closely but it was just a bit anticlimactic.

GRADE: C

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