Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★½

Nick: ¨Yes, I loved you and then all we did was resent each other, try to control each other. We caused each other pain.¨
Amy: ¨That's marriage.¨

David Fincher's Gone Girl was my second favorite film of 2014 (only behind Boyhood which is easily one of the top 5 films of the decade), but I hadn't had the opportunity to revisit it. During my second viewing, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed this film and why. Not only is this kind of thriller genre dying, it is extremely hard to find original and fresh ideas. During Gone Girl there are at least three unexpected twists that left me with my mouth open. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike deliver their best roles and there are plenty of outstanding supporting roles from the likes of Carrie Coon and Tyler Perry. But the casting isn't the best thing about the film, neither is the fantastic and suspenseful atmosphere. It's all about Flynn's novel and how well Fincher grasped the concepts about media influence and marriage. The ideas transcend the story and make it a powerful and memorable film. Gone Girl is a perfect social study and an exemplary film about modern marriage. The other winning factor in Gone Girl is the original score. Trent Reznor's composition is a contributing factor to how well the suspense and surprises work. Gone Girl is a brilliant film that will be hard to emuliate in the future despite the many directors who will be inspired by Fincher's work here.

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