An Exceptional Thriller!
Gone Girl, written by Gillan Flynn, is a best selling book that was published in 2012 and not only sold more than two million copies in its first year of being released but remained on the New York Times best seller list for 8 weeks. 20th Century Fox brought the film rights to the movie after the film is so popular but the author had one condition that she would write the screenplay. My god, she wrote a masterpiece full of suspense, crime, and drama. Gone Girl is the immediate front runner for Best Picture of the year as of right now.
Gone Girl is about Nick Dunne, Ben Affleck, who goes to work one day on his five year wedding anniversary but comes home to an empty house. His wife Amy, Rosamund Pike, is missing and there are signs of a struggle. Soon after the police start to investigate and start a national manhunt for Amy. The national media gets involved and starts to point fingers at Nick whose demeanor throughout the search is very stoic and unloving towards his wife. Did Nick kill his wife? Trust me, you want to see this film to find out.
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were exceptional and sensational as the leads. Nick is a mild easy going guy, and Amy is uptight witch. Affleck and Pike will probably be nominated for awards around Oscar time. Affleck did a hell of a job acting in the film. His portrayal of a character could be laid back then become angry throw a glass cup against the floor. Pike’s performance can be described in two words, Norman Bates. However, the one person who you wouldn’t expect to be a scene stealer is Tyler Perry. Perry kills it as Nick’s lawyer. He’s likeable and knowledgeable but also very egotistic and caring. He should be nominated for an Oscar also. The acting was exceptional but the tone, themes, and the score really put this movie into the Best Picture Category.
The tone of the movie is dark. A man’s wife disappears and the people automatically assume that he’s the killer. It shows that human beings always assume the worse about a person after they hear the national media blast someone. The themes of bad marriages constantly comes up: cheating, not spending time together, physical violence, and heartbreak. Gone Girl is such a well rounded movie in direction, dialogue, narrative, and musical score. The film grabs your attention and keeps it for two and a half hours.
Gone Girl is very an excellent directed movie by David Fincher. He will probably get nominated for best director. The script is great and the narrative is easy to follow with the twists and turns. Ben Affleck and Rosemund Pike deliver killer performances. The film makes a single person question if they ever want to get married. It is the year’s best film so far. Gone Girl gets a 4.5/5.