Movie Review: Gone Girl

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“WHERE’S YOUR WIFE NICK?” Find out in our review of David Fincher’s latest, Gone Girl

poster_1411371682Gone Girl (2014)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon

Directed By: David Fincher

David Fincher has done it again. The director of Se7en, The Social Network, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has turned in another amazing movie that, when it’s all said and done, will definitely be put on numerous “Best of the Year” lists come year’s end. Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s novel (from her own screenplay no less) Gone Girl is a searing look into marriage, the lies men and women tell one another, and the media. It’s tense, shocking, and surprisingly funny as well.

I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum, but I will tell you that I did read Flynn’s novel last year. Even though I knew all of the major plot beats, it didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the film at all. Gone Girl focuses on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a New York City magazine writer who is forced to move back to his hometown in Missouri to care for his dying mother. His city girl wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), comes with him, which naturally leads to a lot of tense moments for the couple. On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Amy goes missing. All signs are pointing to Nick, who swears up and down that he didn’t murder his wife. But if he didn’t murder her, where did she go?

This question takes the audience on an incredible ride, and Fincher relishes every moment he can to skewer the media’s fascination with real crime stories. In fact, these moments are some of the best of the film. Affleck’s Nick is at his most relatable when he’s trying to go places and is being hounded by the media. When he sneaks a peak out of his window and sees media van after media van, the look of exasperation on his face is perfect, and Affleck , who has first hand experience with this kind of media attention, is expertly cast.

I can’t go any further without mentioning Rosamund Pike, who delivers an absolute career-defining performance. Without spoiling anything, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the years to come, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her name getting thrown around come Oscar time. The rest of the Gone Girl cast is absolutely phenomenal. The Leftovers’ Carrie Coon absolutely incredible as Nick’s twin sister Margot, and Neil Patrick Harris delivers a wonderfully creepy turn as one of Amy’s old flames. Hell, this movie is so good that even Tyler Perry is awesome as the smarmy lawyer Nick hires.

Gone Girl isn’t going to be for everyone. That was apparent from the varied responses the film got as I was leaving the theater. But it’s easily one of the most compelling movies I’ve seen this year, and one of the best book to movie adaptations of all time. I’ll even go so far as to say that it’s one of David Fincher’s best movies. Gone Girl is a film that stays with you and surprises you even if you’ve read the book. Bravo, Mr. Fincher.

Verdict: A-

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10 thoughts on “Movie Review: Gone Girl

  1. I just watched it today, and I thought most of the move was pretty great up until a certain part that to me just feels incredibly dumb, and doesn’t really make sense for a person to stay where they are, given what they now know about the other person. It may feel like a nitpick, but given that it’s a major plot point and a key emotional beat for the movie, it brought it down for me.

    Otherwise though, I’m still very much glad I saw it, definitely knows how to toy with your expectations, the acting was fantastic all across, and was very engaged and tense for most of the film, it’s jsut that one part that really doesn’t add up for me.

  2. I would have liked this review better if it didnt use cliched movie reviewer jargon every second line. But this is what happen when you decide not to talk about the plot so you have basically nothing to take about.

  3. I did not read the book, but went with my significant other who wanted to see it because she read the book.

    I would say if you have not read the book, about halfway through the movie…it becomes pretty un-enjoyable and the ending down right… horrible?

    1. I think even in the book it plays out that way. And I mean, I wouldn’t say halfway becomes un-enjoyable, but rather, tense. But yeah, the ending doesn’t work for me either, mainly because I just think it’s stupid that a certain person wouldn’t have immediately bolted or separated himself from the other person. And the reasoning given by this movie as to why this happens is pretty weak.

      1. You know, both when I read the book, and in seeing the movie, I felt that it should be pretty understandable why the ending plays out the way it does. Given everything that one character is capable of, the power their determination and intelligence gives them, and the multiple, terrifying situations they were so easily able to cause, I think it made perfect sense why leaving wasn’t an option. Avoiding spoilers as best I can, and making a terrible metaphor in the process, you either stay still, tentatively accepting the beast won’t strike, or run, and know that it WILL HUNT YOU.

  4. Oh, how much I missed a new David Fincher movie. This was one of most anticipated films this year (along with Interstellar and Birdman), and it did not disappoint.

    Also, the final scene plus the score leading into the end credits is so perfect that everyone in the theater was left shocked and stunned.

  5. My wife listened to the audio book last year and went to go see this last week and really enjoyed. She said it was very faithful to the book.

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