Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★★

Slick, whip-smart and wryly funny, Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s irresistible page-turner is the kind of film we used to take for granted and now hardly ever see.

One of the under-appreciated aspects of Fincher’s films is how well they are cast, particularly in the supporting roles where the most unexpected choices (Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris) often turn out to be strokes of genius that lend immeasurable personality and texture to so many key scenes.

Affleck leans all the way in to public perceptions of him as a charmed frat boy who never really grew up, whilst Rosamund Pike gleefully embraces the contradictions and mendacity of the scheming femme at the centre of the mystery like the role of a lifetime that it is.

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