GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), 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?
The clue scenes are good. Scenes of the TV host Ellen Abbott (clearly modeled on Nancy Grace) where she insinuates that Nick is in a inappropriate relationship with his sister and that he is the murderer are good. The planning scenes are excellent especially with the voice over. The best scene of the movie is definitely the final scene of Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris).
Screenplay by Gillian Flynn who is the author of the actual novel is good for the most part. The dialogues are very good especially the ones explaining the planning or the ones on marriage. Some of the scenes seemed a bit implausible like the smart psychopath being so stupid with money or people not recognizing someone whose pictures are all over TV. Fooling the security camera in a house filled with so many security cameras seemed a bit too much. Nick’s actions also seemed a bit implausible at times like the way he walks off when told that his wife was 6 weeks pregnant. Not disclosing the gifts in the woodshed after having discussed it seemed unbelievable.
Ben Affleck is very good as the husband who is suspected by everyone of having something to do with her disappearance. Rosamund Pike is absolutely brilliant as the wife Amy and she deserves an Oscar nomination for her excellent performance. Carrie Coon is very good as Nick’s sister. Kim Dickens is good as the cop investigating Amy’s disappearance. Tyler Perry is very good as the lawyer in a cameo and Neil Patrick Harris is good in a small cameo. Rest of the supporting cast is good too. Background music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is excellent.
David Fincher’s direction is excellent for the most part. There is dark humor in many of the scenes and there are also some sarcastic observations on modern marriage. The suspense is revealed midway through the movie and it then becomes a movie on a psychopath. Actually one can guess what happened pretty early on if one pays attention to what Amy says about the similarity between her and her literary Amy character (Amazing Amy). As mentioned above there are some parts where the movie seems too implausible but then its supposed to be a satire. The media scenes at the end seemed a bit repetitive and could have been edited better. Even with these flaws its a highly enjoyable thriller. Its definitely the best movie of the year so far.Tags: Ben Affleck David Fincher Exclusive Gone Girl Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Reviews Rosamund Pike