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Film Review: Gone Girl

Film Review: Gone Girl is Fincher's Darkly Chilling Masterpiece
 

Only one word can really describe how I felt leaving the screening of Gone Girl this week.

 

Disturbed.

 

The story begins when protagonist Nick Dunne (Affleck), receives a call from a nosy neighbour whilst at work, alerting him to the fact that his front door is wide open and his cat is sat outside the house. Nick returns home to find his wife, Amy (Pike), gone and glass tables overturned. It’s Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary and something is amiss.

 

The police are called and an investigation follows. This investigation soon becomes America’s biggest news story as the media discovers that Amy, a beautiful New Yorker, and the inspiration for America’s favourite children’s books, Amazing Amy, is presumed to have been murdered by her cool and calm husband, Nick.

I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.

These two phrases are repeated again and again by Nick as he becomes the primary suspect in the investigation into his wife’s disappearance. As time goes on you begin to hate Nick more and more as it becomes glaringly obvious that he has been lying to the police and is withholding information.

 

True to the book, this film is told from the alternating perspective of Nick and Amy. Nick’s narrative is told in the present, whilst Amy’s gives us a glimpse into how the relationship between Nick and herself has developed over the course of their marriage. It is from Amy’s narration that you begin to see the cracks in Nick’s story – or is it the other way round? Is Nick lying? Or is Amy lying? Maybe they’re both lying? (Good luck trying to wrap your head around this one.) 

You ever hear the expression that the simplest answer is often the correct one? Actually, I’ve never found that to be true.

Keep this in mind when you think of Gone Girl, because I guarantee that you will not be able to predict the outcome of this film. Around half way through this film, a huge plot twist is revealed that changes everything. Prior to this game changer you’re probably thinking that you’ve got it all sussed and wondering how they could possibly drag out the outcome of this story for another one and a half hours. Perhaps if you’re a thriller fanatic, you’re still not quite convinced that all is as it seems, but either way, you won’t be prepared for just how dark and disturbing this film gets. When you think that this story has reached its peak, it just gets darker and darker and darker to the point where you begin to seriously question the mental stability of the scriptwriter, and author, Gillian Flynn. How could someone write a tale this disturbing? Possibly the most disturbing thing, however, is that this film ends with a cliff-hanger – the story is not over and I dread to think where Fincher and Flynn will take us next. 

Quite simply, this film is a masterpiece. Gone Girl combines a darkly chilling tale that cleverly analyses some of the big questions of our time (including gender stereotypes, marriage, even the obsession with celebrity) with a near perfect cast and script, all of which is delivered under Fincher’s brilliant direction. Rosamund Pike’s performance as Amy will stay with you long after you have left the cinema screen in what is probably one of the most mesmerising performances of the year, which places her as a serious contender for ‘Best Actress’ at next year’s Oscars. Gone Girl also stands in good stead to be nominated for numerous other awards, Best Score, Best Editing, Best Director and Best Picture just to name a few, but with a few months to go, we’ll just have to wait and see. Impeccably crafted, this is not one to miss.

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22 Comments

  1. Alexa
    17th August 2015 / 1:01 PM

    I absolutely loved the book and the movie was very realistic (thanks to Fincher cinematography). Didn’t feel as much the news manipulation as in the book though… Loved your post!

  2. Sheila Reeves
    4th November 2015 / 5:06 PM

    I haven’t read the book or seen the film, but had seen mixed reviews about the film – but it really sounds like it is one for me to see, thanks for the review and not giving anything away 😉

  3. Ali Johnson
    11th November 2015 / 10:49 PM

    I saw this film & thought it was one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in a long time. Rosamund Pike was brilliant throughout & totally believable.

  4. Sarah Lewis
    13th November 2015 / 2:08 PM

    Still not seen this film but this review has reminded me that I must get round to it!

  5. Rhian Westbury
    7th March 2016 / 4:08 PM

    I’ve still not got round to watching this, but I’ve heard some mixed things about it so I’m not going to be rushing to watch it x

  6. 7th March 2016 / 5:24 PM

    Oh this is a great film and I wont say too much or I will give it all away

  7. sarah Lea
    7th March 2016 / 6:16 PM

    Ive not watched this yet. I couldn’t get into the book but I wanna give it another go & then watch the film, it sounds like a really good film 🙂

  8. Leanne Dolan
    7th March 2016 / 6:25 PM

    I enjoyed reading the book until the ending. If I remember correctly it’s different in the film!

  9. 7th March 2016 / 9:39 PM

    I’ve heard a little about this, but never actually read the book / seen the film. I’ll definitely have to give it a watch sometime though. x

  10. 7th March 2016 / 9:56 PM

    I still have not been able to watch Gone Girl yet but all my friends loved it so I think it is time to find a copy and sit down and tune in.

  11. 7th March 2016 / 10:43 PM

    I loved this movie! We were seriously on the edges of our seats. Now that I’m thinking about it, I want to see it again.

  12. georgina davies
    8th March 2016 / 12:13 AM

    The film was great but if you really want to enjoy the story I would recommend the book its far better as they normally are x

  13. Laura
    8th March 2016 / 1:20 AM

    I watched this when it was on at the cinema but I didn’t really enjoy it. I’ve heard that the book is better though so I’m going to give that a go xxx

  14. 8th March 2016 / 9:26 AM

    I really enjoyed this movie! I think I preferred the book, but the film was definitely good. Must rewatch it!

  15. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    8th March 2016 / 10:34 AM

    I absolutely loved this, although I wish I had of read the book first.

  16. 8th March 2016 / 11:02 AM

    I haven’t read the book or seen the film. It is definitely on my list now, as you have me really intrigued!

  17. 8th March 2016 / 11:15 AM

    I haven’t read the book (I was told it was rubbish!), but I really enjoyed the movie. I’m a big Fincher fan and I thought this was one of his best in recent years.

    Tara | http://www.cattitudeandco.uk

  18. Helen Clark
    8th March 2016 / 6:04 PM

    I haven’t read the book but did see the film. Disturbing is the word I’d use for it as well haha!

  19. Hannah Malanga
    8th March 2016 / 10:39 PM

    I really want to see this film! I love Ben Afflick

  20. 9th March 2016 / 7:06 AM

    I have not red the book nor seen the movie but a friend told me about it and honestly I am not sure I want to see it but loved your review

  21. 12th March 2016 / 6:22 AM

    Someone I know read this book and said it was something j wouldn’t enjoy. In open to try new genres but from your review I don’t think this film would be for me but I’m sure it will be perfect film for others

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