Gone Girl – Review

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Ladies and Gentlemen the thriller of the year, and possibly the decade has arrived in the form of David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’.

For those of you who have followed my film reviews to date it is clear that apart from the popcorn roller-coaster that was Guardians of the Galaxy The films I have seen have been less then thrilling; that changes today as Gone Girl puts the thrill back in thriller.

The film follows the story of Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, and the events that unfurl when he reports his wife Amy, played by Rosamund Pike, missing. At this point we are presented with two stories; one which follows Nick and the police investigation which follows a routine of establishing the facts, contacting Amy’s parents and holding a press conference which attracts the media like a bear to honey; the other story is a flashback looking at the beginnings of Nick and Amy’s relationship with a narration from Amy.

Before seeing this film I made sure to avoid any spoilers, the book upon which it is based, and only watched the trailer once or twice, as a result I had no idea what to expect, although there is an immediate sense of did he or didn’t he once the film starts.

Fincher would surely have been aware of how the audience would react to the evidence that is presented and crafts the film in such away that even when we have a sense of having figured things out he manipulates us to going the other way. Throughout the film I found my sympathies and allegiances shifting and just when I felt I knew where things were headed Fincher pulls the rug out and sends us off in a new direction.

The two leads are great with Affleck channelling his experiences of being hounded by the media, and playing a character clearly uncomfortable in the media’s gaze; however it is Pike who truly stands out in this film as a woman with a husband that could be better.

This is very much a film you will want to discuss after so bring a friend, as a choice for a first date however, the post film discussion will be quite informing.

According to interviews with Fincher, Gillian Flynn who wrote both the novel and the screenplay, deviates somewhat from the events in the book; having now seen the film I am very interested to see how things played out in the novel.

My only really point of ire with the film is an obnoxious piece of product placement for a bottled beer, but it least it was a good beer. See if you can spot it.

Overall a great film which goes in some surprising directions and keeps us guessing even when we know what is happening.

 

RELEASED Out now

CERTIFICATE 16

CAST Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon.

DIRECTOR  David Fincher

RATING 5/5

 

 

 

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