Gone Girl review
This one is going to be a hard one, but we’ll tackle it … and I don’t just mean the post 🙂
Gone Girl is an American psychological thriller. It was released in 2014 and received numerous awards and nominations for the lead actress’ performance and adapted screenplay. It was directed by David Fincher, who is by far a veteran of the thriller genre having directed movies such as ‘The curious case of Benjamin Button’, ‘Fight Club’, ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’ and many others and received numerous awards and nominations as well. Therefore, you can already get a sense that the movie is well thought through and well developed.
Main concept: The film starts as a mystery that follows the events surrounding Nick Dunne, who becomes the primary suspect in the sudden disappearance of his wife – Amy. Sounds like a cliche if you ask me, however, this is just about the first hour of the movie … and there are 2 and a half of them 🙂
Let me tell you, almost nothing in this movie is what it seems and there’s no telling what comes in the next scene. If you are an avid movie watcher you may think/feel you can predict what’s going to happen, but that will only be true as far as the first hour.
The lead actors Ben Affleck ( known for”Argo”, ‘Good Will Hunting’, Ärmageddon”) and Rosamund Pike (‘Pride and Prejudice’) as established actors, do a fantastic job. I got lost thinking everything is a true story. It felt real. I bet it has happened somewhere in the world even if what happens is quite astonishing.
The movie follows a very dynamic story, however, the pace changes several times throughout it. It almost felt like two separate stories merged into one (done very well by the way; you won’t feel lost or confused at any point) … until of course that theory goes to hell. Every quiet moment eventually starts to feel like that calm moment before a massive storm. My sympathies changed several times during the 2-hour period. By the end, I felt utterly shocked and in total disbelief of the events that occurred. So yeah, get ready to feel every scene in this movie as if you are part of it.
This movie also sends a very important message about the difference between right and wrong. Whether there is a line between them and whether the concepts exist at all or not.
The cinematography is in my opinion quite good. Shots and scenes are very well managed and have a specific tone consistent throughout the movie. Settings include a few American homes and a few other spots (which I am not naming to avoid spoilers).
Overall the film is very realistic in terms of characters, story, actions and reactions. The ending will throw you in a bit of a debate and raise controversial feelings… be ready for that (I wasn’t and was left quite shaken afterwards). You cannot watch this one half-eyed, so I’d suggest picking a free timeslot in your diary when you can spare the 2,5 hours. It is worth it if you like being shocked and like to tickle your mind with a good mystery.