David Jenkins’s review published on Letterboxd:
It was never really in doubt to be honest but David Fincher has done it again. His latest, 'Gone Girl' is another master-class in captivating film-making. Full of great performances from the cast, slick editing and direction and a mesmerising narrative that unravels superbly. The score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross is also as captivating as it is chilling. Quite how Fincher manages to make this 2 and a half hour film breeze by effortlessly is remarkable. At no point did I feel that the length was excessive. The dread and suspense of the narrative racks up with each passing minute amounting to one of the best psychological thrillers of the decade.
The story revolves around the disappearance of Amy Dunne on her 5th Wedding Anniversary with her husband Nick the prime suspect. Through fear of spoilers I will refrain from describing the plot in too much detail beyond that. All I will say however is that the story plays out quite magnificently. Unexpected twists and turns meant that I was never quite sure where everything was going. I was constantly scrambling to reassess my perspective on the case trying to piece it all together. The story from Gillian Flynn is a superbly grim look into the potential trust issues between married couples. Despite an often dark and brooding tone the film also unexpectedly ventured into darkly comedic territory on more than one occasion. This whole story was so dark and twisted that its hard to know if you should laugh or be disgusted.
As I have come to expect from David Fincher, the direction is near flawless. The pacing is pitch perfect and the cast all deliver strong performances. Rosamond Pike is the stand out in the cast but Ben Affleck, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickins and Tyler Perry (of all people) are great in their roles. On paper this cast is one that I initiallyfound to be uninspiring for a movie of this calibre but Fincher has once again struck gold. Everyone is perfectly cast and plays their roles to near perfection. Affleck nails the uncertainty surrounding Nick Dunne with the smarmy grin on his face telling a far different story to what he is feeling. Uncertainty is rife in every character and your opinion on them can change at the drop of a hat with each new clue.
As the film entered its second act it finds a second wind out of left field and it became even more compelling. Fincher builds suspense through Flynn's exquisite narrative which is full of mesmerising character interactions and gripping plot twists. The plot does become relatively convoluted as it progresses but Fincher and Flynn have reined it all in to form a cohesive and enthralling film. Each new plot point blurred my perspective whilst the films big reveals felt like twisted sucker punches that left me with wanting more. It would not surprise me if this film is in the reckoning for a few award nominations next year. I was on the edge of my seat and completely immersed in this dark and twisted look at the joys of married life.