George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological mystery/thriller film directed by David Fincher and staring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. Gone girl is based of the 2012 novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl grossed $369.3 million worldwide and has a certified fresh score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.
On their fifth wedding anniversary, writing teacher Nick Dunne returns home to find his wife Amy missing, Gone Girl highlights the ongoing mystery and subsequent investigation that follows. Ben Affleck is brilliant as Nick Dunne and emotes all the emotions you would expect from a person in his situation, it still makes me laugh that production was stopped on this film for 4 days because he refused to wear a New York Yankees hat as he's a Boston Red Sox fan. That's dedication to your team. Rosamund Pike is fantastic, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris are also great in the scenes they are given and are both nice additions to the film.
I had never seen Gone Girl until today but I love David Finchers work, Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network and Zodiac often rank as some of the best films I've seen, so I went into Gone Girl with high expectations and I'm pleased to say I very much liked it, David Fincher really is fantastic at mystery/thriller films . Its incredibly hard to find who's the ultimate villain of this film. Is it Nick or is it Amy? They both aren't nice to each other but the actions taken by Amy as she manipulates people and her surroundings to her will without a thought for anyone else, only make me empathises that little bit more with Nick.
The film portrays a duel narrative showing the perspectives of Nick during the investigation into his wife's disappearance and Amy as she plans and executes her disappearance. This duel narrative works brilliantly within the film and spends enough time on both sides for it to really work well. The use of the diary to tell Amy's story in the first half of her bit works exceptionally well, all of this leads the audience to see the reality of the characters from their perspectives of each other.
With a dark and stylish atmosphere, intelligent script and great acting. Gone Girl captures the viewers with a mysterious disappearance but keeps them engaged with the unexpected twists and turns. I've seen many people say this film is too long and with a 149 minute run time many people would think that but every scene feels needed as it works well in developing the plot and allows the film to tell the full story without missing any details.
Gone Girl is a movie unlike any that I've ever seen before, I haven't read the book, nor do I know much about the author but this fictional story is something that could happen in todays world as the publics opinion can change in an instant because of the media and this film portrays that perfectly. Stunning cinematography and incredibly acting from both Affleck and Pike make Gone Girl an incredibly film and another one of Finchers best. Gone Girl is the perfect example of a modern day thriller and is an entertaining watch throughout.
“What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?