Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★½

It's only been out a few days and it already feels like every possible angle has been covered in the (often very interesting) examinations of Fincher's best film since Zodiac.

I haven't read the book, but understand it's fairly faithful, and as Flynn wrote both book and script much of the credit for what I liked about it, goes to her. It helps though that the performances are uniformly outstanding (special mention to Pike who is as good as everyone says) and Fincher's handling of them and the material is perfectly judged.

Outside of those observations and in an attempt to avoid spoilers I'll say this; it's much funnier than some people are giving it credit for.

The plot is, I won't go as far as to say nonsense, but rather, not really the point (although it's always compelling) and its pot shots at the media are accurate if a little obvious.
It's what the film says about marriage that feels fresh and interesting.
Its eventual thesis on what it is that brings us together and keeps us together, is as pitch black as can be, while at the same time ringing, amusingly, worryingly true.

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