Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★

My apprehension for Gone Girl was growing, I had heard some poor things about David Fincher's latest thriller from other reviewers and critics and while I usually don’t heed much to the opinions of others, I was soaking in all the information I could as I hadn't seen it yet. My expectations were growing astronomically, as I feel that Fincher has made his best films in the most recent years (not saying Fight Club and Seven aren't good by the way!), The Social Network is pure perfection and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a gorgeous and superbly dark Swedish noir. Fortunately for me, Gone Girl is also excellent.

I really feel like Fincher is starting to hit his stride now, his films are becoming so tight and each one has that distinct Fincher feel, always backed by that haunting score from Reznor and Ross, which is again, brilliant in Gone Girl. While Dragon Tattoo was virtually pitch black, Gone Girl has this ethereal quality to its film making. It’s dreamy despite being a nightmare. We see Rooney Mara racing through snowy Stockholm, we see Rosamund Pike floating through a storm of sugar. Bittersweet. The themes of the film are quite similar but take completely different approaches.

All performances are fantastic, particularly Rosmund Pike and Carrie Coon as Afflect’s wife and sister respectively. While both are on completely different ends of the spectrum, I couldn't help but kind of fall for both. I did however find Neil Patrick Harris somewhat lacking, I don’t know if it’s just because I've been conditioned by seeing reruns of How I Met Your Mother but I couldn't help but draw reference to Barney Stinson.

While Gone Girl isn't Fincher's best, I still watched it twice in the space of 24 hours and enjoyed both with equal measure. The films pacing and structure is rock solid, providing the right punches at the right times. I’d like to comment on the media portrayal in the film but honestly, it didn't feel central, more like additional commentary which doesn't hinder or bolster the story but allows it to march on. The central theme of domestic abuse and hardship of marriage however is tough to swallow for many and he nails it without compromise.

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