Gone Girl is a David Fincher’s dark psychological thriller with satire, social commentary and a touch of comedy thrown in. Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, it is disturbingly complex with many twists and turns which will leave men quaking in their boots and women feeling uneasy. The underlying theme is you never know what is beneath the surface.
Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Ben Affleck) are the perfect couple living in New York. Their perfect life falls apart when they lose their jobs and Amy’s parents raid her trust fund. They move to Missouri to care for Nick’s sick Mother and Amy buys a bar which is run by Nick and his twin sister Margot. We also learn that Missouri has the death penalty. Amy’s creepy parents made their fortune publishing Amazing Amy books. Amazing Amy always out achieves real Amy and she quips that “They took my life, improved on it, and then peddled it to the masses”.
On their fifth wedding anniversary Amy suddenly disappears and signs of a struggle and traces of blood are discovered at their home. Nick doesn’t seem that bothered but gets sucked into a huge media campaign to ‘Find Amy’ run by Amy’s parents and a tough female detective is called in to run the case. Nick becomes the prime suspect and is suspected of murdering Amy.
Soon after this the major twist is revealed, all is not what it seems and from this point on the film becomes more and more disturbing, culminating with a shocking, gory scene which will make grown men wince.
The film starts with Amy’s disappearance and then flashes back and forwards which works well in portraying the characters, how they met, their life up to this point and some clues as to what makes them who they are. The score adds to the mood of the film and there are some great supporting actors which all contribute to making it a great film.
A critical scene in the film is when Amy makes her “cool girl” monologue where she rants about the ‘cool girl who never gets angry at her man and waxes her pussy raw, watching Adam Sandler movies with him’ she goes on “I inspired him to rise to my level,” “we were happy pretending to be other people”. A superbly written and particularly insightful scene which is phenomenally portrayed by Pike.
Nick comes across as a smug, insipid character. His primary concern is how he comes across in the media and assuming this was Flynn’s intent in the novel, then Afflecks acting is on point. Amy is played brilliantly by Pike as “a mind fucker of the first degree” and “you wouldn’t want to piss her off” both astutely observed by Tanner Bolt, the lawyer that Nick chooses to represent him to protect his public image. Bolt injects a touch of comedy to the film.
I haven’t read the book so can’t comment on how it compares but the ending did not feel too contrived as is often the case when a book is made into a film. It is disturbingly compelling and well worth a trip to the cinema. A highly recommend film from the crime thriller master, David Fincher.
Subbed By: Corey Richards
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