Movie Review: Gone Girl
by Joseph Walsh
Class of 2016
Gone Girl is the latest release from world-renowned director David Fincher, (Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network) and is based on the worldwide bestselling novel by author Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay. The film stars Ben Affleck, and Rosamund Pike.
The story centers around writing professor Nick Dunne, (Affleck) who, on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, arrives home and discovers that his wife Amy (Pike) has gone missing. As the investigation into his wife’s whereabouts unfolds, all evidence seems to suggest that Dunne had something to do with her disappearance. Fans of Fincher’s body of work, as well as individuals who are familiar with the source material, will know to expect countless plot twists and jarring suspense that will leave the audience on the edge of their seats.
Each performance is utterly riveting, as both Affleck and Pike both completely entrench themselves in their characters; however, the true star of the film is Fincher himself. Gone Girl contains all of the hallmarks of a Fincher film, a dark, moody tone, an underhanded criminal element, and exquisite cinematography which immerses the viewer in the world being portrayed on screen. It is apparent that the director has masterfully and meticulously crafted each shot of the film, and his presence is felt in every sequence. The film also reunites composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross; the duo previously won an Oscar for their collaboration on the Fincher film The Social Network.
Gone Girl manages to transcend the simple crime drama, and becomes a commentary on the media’s portrayal of tragedies, as well as the multitude of dynamics inside a modern marriage; however, at a certain point the film’s endlessly shifting plot focus and heavy handed satire makes it abundantly clear that the story has no true basis in reality, yet the experience is no less enjoyable or intriguing.
Overall, Gone Girl is a must see for anyone who is a fan of Fincher, the suspense thriller genre, or the novel from which it is based on.
Gone Girl is rated R for violence, nudity and language