Gone Girl is the critically acclaimed film directed by David Fincher known for The Social Network, Se7en and The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button. Also based on the popular novel with the same name by Gillian Flynn, who wrote the screenplay. Gone Girl is a thrilling murder mystery, covering issues such as financial pressures on marriage, infidelity, dishonesty and the role of the media. The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.
The story begins like any other tale of love, Nick Dunne (Affleck) meets a smart and interesting woman named Amy (Pike). They share a first kiss in a sugar storm and the rest was history. However, on their 5th wedding anniversary Nick comes home to a empty house and a missing wife.
The overall plot is original unlike any film I’ve ever seen. Flynn’s story messes with your head and makes you question characters. What really happened to the beautiful, Amazing Amy? The plot is non-linear, instead it’s divided showing both Nick and Amy’s perspective of the events that occur throughout their marriage and after the disappearance. The media was the first to accuse Nick and scrutinize his actions. This is something we all probably have witnessed, the media portrays people in certain ways and sometimes we just accept what we’re told. For Nick, he has to prove his innocence with the help of his twin sister, Margo (played by Carrie Coon) and his fancy new lawyer Tanner Bolt (Perry).
Ben Affleck did a great job portraying Nick Dunne, he was the charming and struggling writer who clearly hit the jackpot when he married millionaire Amy. Nick also had a dark side that Affleck had issue playing, he had his own secrets that soon were uncovered by the police department and the media. Although, the scene stealer goes to Rosamund Pike for her portrayal of Affleck’s wife in the film. Pike demonstrated how complex the human mind can be when dealing with problems and easy it is to get caught in the drama of it all. I’d have to say some scenes haunted me after I left the cinema because I continued to think about Amy and extents she went to. Pike was creepy, she would smile at inappropriate times and she lied constantly to get what she wanted, basically a sociopath.
Fincher was able to reflect the sex, violence and suspense from the novel. There were a few minor elements missing including a satisfying ending instead the film left me on the edge of my seat wanting more. The film also lacked context such as covering Amy’s background more and supporting characters like Desi Collings’s (Neil Patrick Harris) role in Amy’s life was only briefly touched on.
Gone Girl most likely won’t be winning any Academy Awards but it sure was a twisted journey that was highly entertaining. It was disturbing, tense and explored marriage in a refreshing manner. If you want to know why everyone is talking about Gone Girl then I recommend you go see it and find out why.
Originally posted on Novastream.