Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★½

"I'm so sick of being picked apart by women." - Nick Dunne

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Marriage is an agreement to be abused, in Fincher's eyes. Each party takes turns to hurt the other and then all is forgiven after a while. Our love has been worn out after the first couple years and now, they're just asking for it.

Unlike Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, which also showcases the harshness of divorce and the negatives that come with marriage, there still a sort of optimism sprinkled throughout the film where you can tell they are able to get along and love eachother and it's heartbreaking to watch. Here, it's pessimistic in ever sense of the word when it comes down to it.

There are no redeemable characters except maybe Tommy O'Hara (Scoot McNairy), Margo Dunne (Carrie Coon) and Det. Rhonda Bhoney (Kim Dickens) and even then, it's a big maybe. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) is a hot-tempered, lying, cheating, and smug a**hole. Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) is a psychotic, manipulative, and fickle b***h. Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) defends possible abusers and murders, has an insane costly retainer and brushes off the moral dilemma with ease. Desi Collins (Neil Patrick Harris) is a creepy, depraved, and emotionally stunted weirdo. The media are politically driven and biased fools. In this world, is anyone ever truly good? Does anyone really mean well? Fincher, once again, says no.

And sadly, I'd have to agree with him, but for different reasons. Anyway, Fincher instead decides to put the spotlight on the phrase "people always act different behind closed doors". Anything that's morally wrong that happens in this film is never out in the open and the worst we see in these characters are in the most intimate of moments. This film is all about the reveal of those true colors and getting down to the "why".

Why did these characters do what they did and for that reason, it's why we understand where they're coming from. While sometimes a character's reasoning isn't right nor is it justified, it becomes understandable. We sympathize with the characters because what we feel that what they're going through is awful and want to root for the both of them in a way.

Even if I knew the twist, I still wanted to get down to the why and when I figured out the why and how it everything happened, the whole mystery became engrossing. Imagine if I saw this when it first opened, I think I would've been even more mind-blown.

Nonetheless, I still have to praise Fincher's cold direction, breathtaking editing, Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor's amazing score and of course the performances from the cast. Ben Affleck was great as was Tyler Perry (surprisingly enough as everyone says). Carrie Coon doesn't get enough respect and I don't understand why Neil Patrick Harris was being dunked on for his performance. It's creepy and unnerving, which works for the character. Rosamund Pike deserves all the praise for this film. She's magnetic in every scene she's in and made this film for me. Arguably one of the strongest performances from 2014 and that's saying a lot.

Thank you for the recommendation. Really. It's a phenomenal film.


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