Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★★

Really glad I happened to realize last minute that this was playing at my local theater on Thursday night. I somehow forgot it was coming out this week in general, and just so happened to read something online stating it was so I looked up movie times and immediately planned for the 10:30 showing. I stopped whatever my friend and I were doing at that moment and said "I'm going to see the new David Fincher movie, you can either come with or be a loser and go home." So, naturally with an ultimatum like that, she came with and we rushed to the theater.

As I mentioned before, I'm really glad we went. It was a perfect crowd, everyone was silent throughout the entire film, I'm assuming as entranced by it as my friend and I were. Fincher has struck again with another incredible thriller, that also happens to be strikingly funny at times and quite shocking at others. In this particular case, I'm actually glad I hadn't read the book beforehand (I will for sure now) because I feel like being involved in the mystery of this film, without any preconceptions whatsoever, made the experience even better. As per usual with his films, every technical aspect is magnificent and I was excited to see in the opening credits that he had brought Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross back for their third collaboration together on the score of the film. I'm not sure if I can see many filmmakers other than Fincher being able to tell this kind of story and make it as compelling and entirely mesmerizing from start to finish, with such great pacing (there wasn't one moment in it's 149-minute running time that I felt it was dragging) and top-notch performances (it's especially impressive that I managed to not hate Tyler Perry for once). Again, I haven't read the book so I'm not sure if the film adaptation did the source material the justice it seems to deserve; but it was fantastic as a standalone film, in my opinion.

David Fincher's Gone Girl is one of the very best films I've seen (so far) this year, and I'm hoping it's just the beginning of what looks to be a great last few months of 2014 in film. Can't wait to see what Fincher does next himself - or to see this one again, for that matter.

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