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Keith Garrett’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
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There are so many thoughts running through my head right now, I don't even know where to begin. So I'll just start with the very beginning.
The film opens with a peculiar shot of a blonde woman's head, with the camera in such a position that it looks like it may well be lifeless. Until she looks up at the man stroking her hair, and the camera stays lingering on her indecipherable gaze.
"What have we done to each other?"
It's a perfect opening shot to the brilliant and fascinating exploration of what exactly lies within that head. And I'm elated to report that Rosamund Pike gives chilling life to one of the most fascinatingly damaged anti-heroines in modern literature.
One of the book's greatest qualities is how it takes a seemingly simple "missing person mystery" in the beginning and by the end have it be a completely fascinating dissection of marriage at its most wicked. Both Nick and Amy are damaged individuals, one more than the other. And to paraphrase a line from the book, they are MADE for each other. They complete each other in the sickest way possible and it's utterly fascinating to watch it unfold on screen in those last 20 or so minutes.
A couple descending a staircase holding hands, embracing one another after time apart, a proclamation "we're going to be parents". These are just a few of the things that would normally bring a warm feeling to someone's heart, but in the context of this film those things are more terrifying than any horror movie you will see.
On top of the storytelling, the music, editing, cinematography, all of it was seriously top notch. I pictured David Fincher directing this while reading the book for the first time (before the film was announced) and the stars truly aligned for this one. There are multiple memorable moments but there's one in particular late in the movie that is so shocking already but the magnificent score elevates it to another level entirely and creates a scene of pure magic that will drop jaws.
See this fucking movie. It's brilliant, it's nasty, it's darker than the blackest night, and it is absolutely delicious.