Casting· Ben Affleck – I personally think he was the wrong choice to play Nick Dunn. First, I think he was a bit too old (if I remember correctly, Nick & Amy were in their 30s). Second, he was just a big boring dolt. Half the time I thought he was bored playing this character. I think someone a bit younger, a bit fresher would have been a better choice. I theorize that they needed a big name to draw people to the movie, especially those who had not read the book.
Rosamund Pike – I think she was a great choice
for Amy Dunn. She is relatively unknown to a lot of US viewers and she was able
to pull off the right amount of crazy. Early reports had Reese Witherspoon in
contention and while she can play crazy, she would have made it hard for me to
even want to watch the movie. I just am not a fan of hers.
Neil Patrick Harris – He might have actually
been the last person I would have ever thought of playing this character. I
might have even been on board with Morgan Freeman before NPH. I have never been
an NPH fan from the Doogie Houser days. I pictured Desi darker, with a bit of
crazy in his eyes. NPH seemed to be a little to puny. I pictured Desi with more
muscles. Again, I feel that they were looking for another “name” to draw
Book to Movie ConversionPretty much spot on. In every conversion, there are things that are left out and in some cases things put in that were never in the book. I could maybe think of one or two things that did not make the film cut.
True to the book, the first half of the movie was painful to get through. Very slow and boring. Honestly, if you read the book there was really no need to see the movie. Nothing in the movie brought anything more to life in the book in my opinion. Now if you have not read the book, I would skip it and just see the movie.