Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★★

When somebody asked me what Gone Girl was about, I simply told them, "marriage." In retrospect, that might have been the perfect answer. The thing about Gone Girl is that it's really hard to describe without spoiling the whole film. There just are not many films out there like David Fincher's brilliant Gone Girl.

Twisting and turning and droning and buzzing, Gone Girl is a film that never wants you to get comfortable. When you think you've figured it out, new evidence comes forward in the plot that makes you second guess everything you thought you had seen. What was really neat to see was that what started as a twisted, stylish pyschological thriller turned into an intense, daring and genuinely funny second half. That is not to say that the second half isn't as sick and twisted as the first, in fact some of the most disturbing moments in the film come after the two hour mark.

This is a film in which David Fincher is working at his best, continuing a streak of genuinely great films including Zodiac, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. There's a reason I regularly call him one of the definitive auteurs of this generation, and Gone Girl is just another example of why I love him. Typically stylish, extraordinarily original and perfectly written, Gone Girl is a post-modern, deceptively old-fashioned mystery that has a great deal to say about the current state of marriage, the media, masculenity and femininity. It's packed to the brim with great performances filled with bitterness, anguish and genuine wit, and a better script has not been written since The Social Network back in 2010. It's a glorious thing to behold.

P.S. I'll never tire of soundtracks done by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

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