Title: Gone Girl
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Running Time: 145 minutes
Nick and Amy Dunne neared the seventh year itch in their marriage. The two lost their jobs in New York City and moved back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri to take care of his ailing parents. Using the last bits of Amy’s trust funds, Nick opened a bar with his sister. Things seemed to have found a rhythm again, until Amy went missing on their fifth year anniversary. Now the whole town is left to wonder… Did Nick kill his wife?
With very superficial knowledge and having not read the book the movie is based on, I really did not know what to expect – and for that I am grateful. You do not feel the 2+ hour length because the movie flows so beautifully and runs at an exhilarating pace delivering endless thrills and chills. It was very well directed and mostly well cast. The dark cinematography truly captivated me into the movie’s actions. Gone Girl highlights how so much of what we think we “know” is all about perceptions (and oh, how easily that can be manipulated!). When it comes to crime, as a society we rely on “evidence” to convict, but the truth? Only the victim and the culprit will ever really know. The depiction of modern media’s (or is it the public?) lust for scandal was spot-on.
The singular merit of Gillian Flynn’s novel is its twisty, fast-paced narratives. Having read the book, it unfortunately robbed me of a raw movie experience. The film remained faithful to the book, smartly cutting out scenes/characters. Affleck gave a believable performance as someone confused, outwitted yet cunning. Pike half-convinced me that she’s the titular sociopath, but most of the time carried a blank expression. I honestly don’t understand the Oscar’s buzz surrounding her. David Fincher did not impress me as the movie’s director, either. There was nothing exquisite about the picture. Overall, it was an average movie with a terribly bleak message about marriage:
Nick: Yes, I loved you and then all we did was resent each other, try to control each other. We caused each other pain.
Amy: That’s marriage.
The best way to view Gone Girl is to have as little knowledge about it as possible. The twisty ride will be much more enjoyable and keep you at the edge of your seat!