"Gone Girl unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?" (gonegirlmovie.com)
There is no denying that David Fincher is the master of psychological thrillers. He elegantly combines drama, anxiety, humor, and fright to create a film that hits all the right notes. From the moment the film opened, you were gripped. The tone of the film was set within the first 30 seconds, and you immediately trusted Fincher to keep you dangling throughout the entire story. Fincher’s directing style brings an unease to the audience; you truly don't know what is real. Like all of Fincher’s film, Gone Girl is visually striking, yet Fincher doesn’t neglect the story’s excellent character. He brings to light all their flaws and uses visual imagery to create an even more striking story. Fincher sets the bar high in the thriller department, and he delivers utter excellence as a visionary and storyteller.
Gillian Flynn’s story is beyond gripping. Her story is the perfect dynamic between what is real and what’s not; you don’t know who to trust or what to believe. But what is most exciting about Flynn’s story are her characters. To me, a good character is someone who is relatable, but a great character is one who provokes a physical emotion in you. Nick is so placid and unfeeling towards his wife's disappearance, you want to slap some sense into him. Amy is conniving and a true psychopath. I felt personally victimized by Amazing Amy and all her antics. Even the condescending and selfish nature of Amy's parents provoked a gut wrenching hatred. You can’t help but become emotionally charged by these characters. Flynn delivers a superb story with shocking twists and turn and characters that are worth screaming over. The mixture of Fincher’s directing and Flynn’s story makes Gone Girl on of the best films thus far this year.
As for casting, Rosamund Pike is the showstopper. Pike is an absolutely irritating marvel as Amy. She flawlessly executes the manipulation and deceit of Amazing Amy. You instantly feel uneasy in her presence, and you're never quite convinced by her "perfect" housewife act. And Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne with an effortless ease. He allows the audience to form their own opinion of Nick. Throughout the film, you see Nick's complete disintegration performed smoothly by Affleck.
Gone Girl delivers marvelous directing, a captivating screenplay, and great casting. Gone Girl is definitely a contender for this year's award circuit.
Rating: 8 out 10
Originally Posted on ActorNerdFashionista.blogspot.com on October 25, 2014
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