Alright, so let’s get back into this thing. Gone Girl is another fantastic film from David Fincher, who I’m pretty sure will never make a disappointing movie (I actually liked The Game a lot). I had read this book earlier in the year after hearing great things, but mostly to be honest, because I knew Fincher was making it into a movie. I read it over the period of a few days and was blown away by the twisted, crazy plot and trashy characters of Nick and Amy Dunne. I wasn’t sure how Fincher was going to convert such an introspective narrative into the visual medium, but he pulled it off like the expert he is. Almost everything that happens in the book was done in the movie, with very few changes made in the process; only to trim some of the fat to fit it all into the run time. Gone Girl is another great crime-thriller with perfect casting and a trashy, almost reality TV-esque plot that satirizes the modern news media in the process.
Nick Dunne comes home to find his wife Amy missing. It appears there has been a struggle, and that she’s been kidnapped. This kicks off the story, as Nick then works with police to help figure out what happened. In the process, we also hear and see Amy’s diary entries to how and when her and Nick met, back in New York. As clues begin to mount, the public eye slowly turns to the ‘perfect’ husband, Nick Dunne. The media gets involved as suspicions start to rise, and the movie never quite clues you in on Nicks actual thought process during all this, which adds to the mystery of it all. The movie captures the tone of the book perfectly with every scene, likely because the author of it, Gillian Flynn, also wrote the screenplay. I won’t give much more away, because the less you know, the better. The movie takes more than a couple crazy turns near the middle and the end, and has one of the best twists I’ve ever read/seen in any story out there.
If I had to critique David Fincher on anything, it’d have to be that his directing style can seem a little cold at times. With his trademark dark blue hues, and often calm, melancholy music, it sometimes goes against the stories he tries to tell. However, it works perfectly for this movie. The soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is also perfect, yet again. With comforting, upbeat tones set during tense scenes, and violent spasms during a couple scenes later on (yea, THAT one), it’s a great use of juxtaposition. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were perfect casting choices for this movie as well, with Pike more than capable of playing the very many dynamics to Amy. After reading the book, with the description of Nick Dunne in my mind, nobody else could have been Nick than Ben Affleck. I imagine his past and present filled with constant media scrutiny was also a factor in Finchers decision to cast him.
So to wrap things up, Gone Girl is another ‘best-of’ for this year so far, and another great movie from David Fincher. Not quite up there with Zodiac or Seven, but pretty damn close. I’m so glad we’re getting into awards season now, because there are some exciting movies coming out pretty soon. I know I haven’t written one of these in a while, but I’ll do about one a week from here on out, as I have quite a few movies I’ve seen and need to write about. The next one will be on NIGHTCRAWLER, which also happens to work as a really great companion piece to Gone Girl. Stay tuned for that, and thanks for reading!