Unsettling. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about Gone Girl. This comes as no surprise as it’s a David Fincher film, the man who directed Se7en. The movie certainly will not make you rethink what you think you know about your wife/girlfriend but it just makes it pretty clear you never know who could be legitimately crazy.
Gone Girl is about the disappearance of Amy Dunne, which happenstance ends up going missing on the day of her marriage anniversary. An entire media circus then unfolds as people start pointing fingers and of course these fingers get pointed at the most obvious suspect, her husband Nick.
The media aspect of this film is pretty interesting. It gives a nice introspective into today’s media. The missing case of Amy Dunne quickly becomes a national story in Gone Girl and she quickly becomes America’s sweetheart. The media of course quickly makes Nick Dunne a villain, damning him of being the criminal here mainly because of the way he’s acting in public. This holds true in the real world, our media outlets are so quick to judge people with no basis for the judgement. Sure in Gone Girl Nick went about his life in public like a complete ass but guess what everyone handles situations completely different from one another.
How Gone Girls story is set up is quite genius and very interesting. We see all the current events as they unfold from Nick’s perspective. However all the back story from the past is told from Amy’s perspective via her diary. This sets up a nice dynamic showing us how the couple once was through Amy’s telling while we hear how they were in the present from Nick.
We get two solid performances out of the leads from Gone Girl and I would be really surprised if Rosamund Pike does not get a nomination for Best Actress. The supporting cast was superb as well, with my biggest nod from that group going to none other than Tyler Perry (say what?). I have no doubt when the awards season comes around this movie will be heavily talked about for Best Director and Best Picture. As it stands right now I would say this might be the year David Fincher finally wins that Best Director award but only time will tell especially with a huge movie in Interstellar coming out in a few weeks.Gone Girl
Directed by David Fincher
Written by Gillian Flynn
Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, David Clennon, Lisa Banes, Missi Pyle, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Lola Kirke, Boyd Holbrook and Sharon Schieber
Runtime: 149 min
Release: October 3, 2014