Dark Places

Dark Places

Rating: 1.5/5

Premise:

Libby day was 8 years old when almost her entire family got murdered. Only she and her brother Ben survived. Thanks to Libby’s testimony, Ben went to jail for the murder.
28 years later, Libby gets contacted by a member of the Kill Club, an association dedicated to finding out the true culprit behind crimes they feel were not handled well by the police. This will bring up all sorts of memories for Libby and the revelations will surprise her.

Review:

I have not read any books by Gillian Flynn. I watched Gone Girl and now Dark Places.
Unlike the previous movie, I cannot say I enjoyed this one. I have been trying to wrap my finger around why exactly I did not like it and I just cannot seem to find a straight answer.

It’s not that I did not like Libby. From my experience with Gone Girl, I can tell one of Flynn’s strengths is getting the reader wrapped up in a story where he or she does not even like the main character.
Her nonchalance towards the entire situation did tire me a bit, but I was ok with it for the most part because I found it interesting how a person could devolve like that. Because of what happen to 8-year-old Libby, she did not become this heroine most books and movies show us; she is a kleptomaniac, a hoarder and a mooch. I did not have to like such a character, but I could have been interested by her and wanted to know what came next. Instead, I did not feel engaged by her or the story at all.

Most of the time, I found the movie slow, gloomy and pointless, where stuff just happened instead of building up to it. There were no particularly stand-out performances. The actors were good, but not brilliant. Probably not their fault, but still. I never cared for any of the characters or what happened to them. I was bored during large sections of it and kept looking at my watch, wondering how long till it was over.

Also, early on I had already guessed in part what had happened on that dreary night, and the rest of the revelations did not surprise me that much because at that point I no longer cared.
As often happens with movie adaptations of books, I could tell a lot of important scenes were cut out because there was no set-up, we were just fed things and expected to take it even though they made no sense, whereas they could have had major impact if precessed by a proper build-up.
When the major revelation came, it was completely anti-climatic and nowhere near the end of the movie. So I guess I felt like there wasn’t a proper balance. Some scenes seemed utterly unnecessary, while others needed to be better set up.

It was just a bland film. I felt it should not have been bland at all. There was room for so much more.
This is an instance where I am absolutely certain the book has got to be miles better than the movie.

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11 thoughts on “Dark Places

  1. I adored Gone Girl so much! I haven’t watched Dark Places yet but I’m reading it now. I saw glimpses of your movie review and I was quite feeling the same about the book. I haven’t read your review in full though as there might be spoilers but I will bookmark this and read the entire piece after I finish the book :D

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    • Oh I completely understand, I do the same!
      I try my best not to write spoilers in any reviews. If I do, they will be highlighted in blue, so only people who want to read them will.

      I was actually very curious to hear what people who read the book had to say, so I appreciate you stopping by!

      Hope you will let me know when you post your review for the book, I am very curious now :)

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      • Oh I see. Thanks for the cue! I just read your review in full. Great one, btw. I agree with you about the story being so slow. If it weren’t a short book, I would have dropped it in the middle (I’ll post that review soon!) Rosamund Pike was so good at Gone Girl that we probably set our expectations to the cast here too high. Too bad they didn’t meet it..

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  2. Great review Ana. I have read both Gone Girl and Dark Places. I much preferred Gone Girl.

    I struggled a bit with the Dark Places as I just hated Libby. She did however redeem herself by the end in my opinion and once I got past the incredibly boring first half I just couldn’t put the book down.

    PS-The Vatican Tapes wasnt available yet so we watched Horns instead. A very bizarre movie but parts of it were really beautiful and artistically done so I did find it enjoyable overall :)

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    • Thank you so much for your thoughts, Nicole. Sounds like I would appreciate the book more than I did the movie but that much of the same lack of connection to characters is there. Probably not going to put it high on my priority list.

      I enjoyed Horns as well but people said it did not capture the book at at well. I think I would enjoy the book more than the movie.

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