Girl Gone

Gone Girl

Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

The trailers of Gone Girl made it seem like a run-of-the-mill missing person with the finger of blame pointing squarely at the husband. Yet, it still draws your attention.

David Fincher’s adaptation of the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn is anything but ordinary with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike starring as Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple about to celebrate their fifth anniversary.

The first portion of the film shows two sides of the marriage. Amy’s storybook fairytale as told in a diary she kept, and Nick’s version that depicts a troublesome unhappy marriage.

As Amy’s diary is read chronologically, cracks start to appear and the setup of the movie takes shape. Your mind is made up and you know the ending can be only one of two things. Amy is alive, or she’s not.

Nick claims innocence throughout the ordeal but does a very poor job doing it. With the help of his twin sister Margo (Carrie Coon), they both enlist the help of Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry), a high-profile lawyer who specializes in cases similar to this, to help rebuild his tarnished public image.

We’re pulled through twists and turns that leave us wondering who to trust and how far one would go to get out. As the story progresses, you begin to lose hope and give up on the characters one by one, but not the film.

The score provided by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross adds a deep uneasy undertone to the plot, which admittedly doesn’t help Nick’s case in our eyes, but it carries the film in the way only they can when matched with Fincher. They once again make an excellent team following The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Affleck plays a convincing husband with secrets while Pike has so many different sides to her that work so well as Amy. She’s delicate, sweet, yet strong, and she connects so well to her role.

Gone Girl is such an interesting film because it plays with expectations so well that it has you feeling too comfortable in your belief of what the situation is, but the age-old cliche stands: things aren’t always as they seem.
Four stars

 
 

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