Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★★

"You two are the most fucked up people I've ever met and I deal with fucked up people for a living."

There's no denying that Gone Girl, was one of my most anticipated films of the year (as i'm sure it was, for a couple of other people on Letterboxd.) This is a wonderful and meticulously shot film. Any body who has seen a couple Fincher films, knows that is very Fincher-esq. Look no further than the color palette and set design. Lots of neutral colors, consisting mostly of browns and tans. Which is very effective, and sets the mood for the film incredibly well.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out, just how funny Gone Girl actually is! The satirical humor is very sly, and at certain points I actually found it to be teetering into the black comedy territory. I went to the 12:50 pm showing on a Monday, and as you might have guessed, the audience primarily consisted of couples above the age of 55. I heard a few chuckles, throughout its 2 hour and 30 minute run time. However, my lady friend laughed more times than we have in recent comedies. Not sure if the humor was going over their heads? If it was off putting? Hell, maybe they just didn't think it was funny! (I should probably point out that it's all self aware humor as well.)

The media plays a major part in this film. So much so, that I would argue that in itself, it's a central character. The idea of of pre judging a set of circumstances just because the media says so, or because we read it on the internet, is something that we're all guilty of. The way it fits into the narrative, kept me guessing and wondering, what the hell is going to be the outcome of this movie! Fincher and Flynn know when to throw it plot twists, and they never felt contrived.

Arguably the best performances that Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry have given. It was also refreshing not seeing Tyler Perry wearing a dressing, playing a grandma. Wonderfully written, directed, shot and acted; Gone Girl is a film that delivers on its hype and adds another film to David Fincher's near flawless track record.

By the way, I won't spoil it, but there is a scene in this film that uses editing and music to create one of the most affective scene that i've seen in years. (you'll know it when you see it.) Hitchcock would have been proud.

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