Justine’s review published on Letterboxd:
Gone Girl is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I’ve seen in a while, probably due to the fact that Gillian Flynn being both the author of the book and the screenwriter. It’s a sin that this movie wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a man who is suspected of murder when his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears. There’s more to the story than just being a murder mystery, though. This is one of the best examples of how the media can influence people. The media turns the spotlight on Nick and, in search of a good story, shows him in a not-so-innocent light.
I was blown away by the book, and when I heard that none other than David Fincher was going to direct the movie, I was more than hopeful. I was not disappointed, because Fincher managed to make a wonderful, suspenseful and faithful adaptation and was the perfect pick of a director to maintain the darker tone of the story. Along with some great performances by the cast, especially Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, and a hauntingly beautiful score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Gone Girl is one of the most compelling movies of the past year.