David Fincher’s latest effort delves deep into the dark depths of a couple’s marriage in the wake of the wife’s disappearance.
In todays film climate the ‘Adaptation’ continues to rule supreme among the box office hits of the year. Comic book movies continue to boom with such hits as Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn), Edge Of Tomorrow (Doug Liman) & X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer) earning millions. Novel adaptations are also showing continued success, across all genres, with The Fault in Our Stars (Josh Boone), Divergent (Neil Burger) & now with David Fincher’s Gone Girl. Fincher is no stranger to the adaptation; his biggest films such as Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network were all adapted from books. His latest adaptation, Gone Girl, written by Gillian Flynn, who also takes on screenwriting duties for the film, is already receiving critical praise after it’s first week of release.
The film tells the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a journalist turned bar owner who becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike). The disappearance happens on the couples anniversary, and a treasure hunt, one of Amy’s yearly traditions, sends Nick, his sister Margo (Carrie Doon) & Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) on a wild goose chase in search of the missing “Amazing Amy”. Nicks relaxed demeanor & the growing evidence against him don’t help his cause as he clashes with the media and police to become “the most hated man in America”. It’s a challenge to talk about Gone Girl as a whole without revealing spoilers. The film goes through multiple twists and turns including the introduction of smooth defense lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) & Amy’s creepy ex partner Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris), both of which have major ramifications on the outcome of this absorbing mystery.
The intriguing characters lie at the heart of Gone Girl, with actors putting in brilliant performances in roles you would believe they were born to play. The film concentrates on identity, we the audience are kept in the dark about Nick & Amy’s motives for more than half the film, and when we are finally shown their intentions you’ll wish you were kept in the dark. Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne uses minimalistic gestures to convey not just someone confused or smug, but also calculating. Rosamund Pike’s performance as Amy Dunne steals the show however. She narrates the film with her personal diary entries that help the audience, and later the police, understand the enigma that is Nick and Amy’s marriage. It’s not a surprise that critics are already making Academy Award predictions for the English actress.
The world and characters that Gillian Flynn has created are perfect for the vision of Director David Fincher and the cinematography of long-term collaborator Jeff Cronenweth. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who have worked with Fincher previously on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo & The Social Network, created the musical score for the film which adds a creepy resonance to the suspenseful plot. The film is a perfect blend of mystery, thriller and drama with a cast & crew on form to bring a beautifully polished film both through the narrative & visuals.
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick-Harris
Genre: Drama/ Thriller
Running Time: 149 minutes
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