My rating: 4 1/2 reels out of 5
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
Gone Girl, comes from director David Fincher, director of such films as Fight Club and The Social Network. His films are always captivating and moving, and Gone Girl is no different. I usually don’t leave a David Fincher film feeling afraid, but this film is still resonating its hold on me. Fear was among the many emotions I was feeling while watching this movie. The film carried an air of mystery and puzzlement. You experience sympathy, anger, and then empathy for the characters. It was a movie that kept you guessing and it will haunt you after the final shot.
As much crap as Ben Affleck gets as an actor for some of his roles, this was a good role for him. From the trailers, we get a sense that his character, Nick Dunne, is hiding something. Affleck played his role perfectly. He was charming and mysterious. There was something off about his character that kept you wondering. David Fincher has turned some unknowns into dynamic leading ladies, most recently Rooney Mara in the remake of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo. The leading lady in Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike, is first on my list of actresses this year that deserve an oscar nomination for their role. Amy Dunne is a character that is smart and captivating, a character that you just can’t ignore. If Rosamund Pike is going to be remembered for a role, it would be this one. Overall, the entire cast was fantastic. Tyler Perry even plays a likable lawyer.
I went blind into this film, only knowing that David Fincher directed and Ben Affleck starred in it. With David Fincher, I expect at least a decent film, and I got more than that. I don’t think he can do any wrong. With re-watch value, aside from one really uncomfortable scene, I could watch this again but not in any hurry to. Recommending this film, David Fincher fans will enjoy it. General audiences may enjoy it. My favorite part of the night was some of the immediate reactions of some of the people around me after the movie. The film is memorable, I won’t forget it.
David Fincher creates a very somber mood through the lighting of the film and the score. The movie takes twists and turns you would not expect. All gets revealed at the right moments. The writer of the book also pens the screenplay. To keep readers interested in the movie and to avoid spoilers, she writes a different ending from the book. I feel compelled to read the book now. The heart of the movie is the characters. I felt a roller coaster of emotions from anger to sympathy and then to hate, and most of all, fear. I haven’t felt so disturbed by a film for a while.
10/5/14 Update: apparently there is no difference between the book and movie ending. I have been misinformed.