Cert: 18 Runtime: 149 mins Director: David Fincher Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski and Neil Patrick Harris
I can practice believing my husband loves me. But I could be wrong
When we have interesting books that get a film, we always think it will never be as good as the book. There are always exceptions to this line, and that is David Fincher. He truly is the king of book to movie crossovers. Gone Girl is potentially one of the most addictive books I have read in a very long time. I finished it in about 7 hours over five days. For me I have a lot of faith in Fincher and his ace in the whole author and screenplay writer of Gone Girl Gillian Flynn. So what is Gone Girl all about? When Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her adoring husband Nick (Ben Affleck) is naturally distraught. Adopting a high public profile, he launches a massive search for his ‘Amazing Amy’. But under intense media and police scrutiny, cracks begin to appear in Nick’s portrayal of his perfect marriage. As his lies unravel, he finds himself cast as the prime suspect!
This film truly sets David Fincher as the most consistent director working today, Gone Girl is the most thrilling and suspenseful film of the year so far. The mystery unravels slowly and meticulously, forcing the audience to spend time with characters that they can rarely be sure of. Sympathies shift uneasily from one character to another and from time to time, everyone on-screen seems repulsive, but it’s impossible to look away. Fincher is a master craftsmen when it comes to the thriller genre. As a lover of the novel, I have to say the movie not only stays true to its material, but also enhances the mood. Through his lighting and shadow techniques, he shows inner turmoil and degradation. Fincher cuts through scenes like a butcher, but the beautiful cinematography makes the cuts precise. His yellow-sepia to black and white contrasts are breathtaking. Without any dialogue, you could follow the film completely by color and lighting alone.David Fincher is able to adeptly guide us along this labyrinth, keeping us on the edge of our seats and never challenging us to sit back and turn our brains off as the gears click .But the film doesn’t stop there. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross create, “creepy elevator music”, that eats at you and makes you cringe at every scene like “nine-inch nails” on a chalkboard.
The actors as a whole was a great ensemble, Rosamund Pike steals the show as Amy. She truly went through the motions in this film, she was everything and more we expected of Amazing Amy. She truly has arrived in cinema now, hopefully we will see more of her and hopefully awards will be in her future. Ben Affleck gave such a Hitchcockian performance icy and emotionless, he seems to be getting better and better. Gone are the days of Gigli, next time we see him he will be in a cowl and fighting Superman. Carrie Coon was an actress that I haven’t come across before, she hasn’t received much press. For me her Margo was fantastic her comic relief and shoulder to cry on moments really brought a brighter twinkle to the film. Tyler Perry was a great shock for me, gone are the days of drag comedy for him. He truly is a great character actor. Neil Patrick Harris was an issue for me, he wasn’t the Desi I expected. It was just a darker version of Barney from How I Met Your Mother. It’s like he turned up did his lines and left.
If there’s a gripe to be had it’s the final few minutes, with a downbeat and ambiguous finale not as satisfying as it could’ve been. But this is a minor quibble in what is otherwise a captivating, intriguing and beautifully complex motion picture.Fantastic acting helps bring the world to life and the dark elements to it are more than welcome. However, it is almost a two and half hour investment and a bit long winded at points. Overall, this is a mesmerizing film that demands multiple viewings to truly get the full experience. It is impeccably made, beautifully acted.Maybe not the best date movie ever made, but most certainly one of the most effective mysteries of the last few years”Gone Girl” delivers like you can’t believe. It really doesn’t disappoint, removing certain elements that are superfluous or unnecessary, yet still strictly sticking to the unique plot structure and maintaining the novel’s cynical view of marriage and long-term relationships. It would seem that Fincher and author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn are a match made in cinematic heaven.