Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★

“when I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers.” 

I almost didn’t want to review this film, mainly due to the fluctuating love/hate relationship i have developed for it.
Why you ask? 
Well, it’s probably advisory to take a few deep breathes before continuing. 
Gone Girl is one of the most captivating psychological thrillers I have ever seen however, Fincher still managed to create some inherent flaws. 

Firstly, the cast. 
Ben Affleck is easy to villainize from his smirk to his complacent body language - he plays Nick Dunne  seemingly effortlessly and Rosamund Pike well, her performance was almost Oscar worthy, most definitely her best work. Somehow even Tyler Perry managed to genuinely impress me, his infamous humour was still apparent however it worked well. After these three the cast starts to slowly decline in my opinion. During my third viewing I realised that Emily Ratajkowski features, the fact it took me three viewings to realise truly shows how unimpressionable she was. Of course to keep in tradition with every other film she has stared in, her bare chest was on show and that is how I recognised it was her so take that how you will. We then move onto Neil Patrick Harris who I would say was the most miscast character. I can’t take his face seriously and in an extremely tense film like this he stuck out like a sore thumb… maybe that’s just me though.

Gone Girl begins by making you feel like every other who done it movie however, once their past begins to unveil you don’t know who to root for which for me was one of the first signs that gone girl was unlike any other murder mystery type thriller I had seen. The twists of Gone Girl kept it captivating even though the length is somewhat annoyingly long and realistically the ending could’ve been shortened because it was the only tedious and slightly disappointing part of the film. Although, i’ll give Fincher credit where it’s due. I found the cyclical beginning and end frames very powerful. 

What truly keeps drawing me back to Gone Girl is the psychological and philosophical ideologies that it scrutinises. Amy Dunee’s “cool girl” monologue comments heavily on the societal expectations of a lover,  resonating with almost everyone and furthermore prompts the paradoxical question of what does it mean to be evil - was her loss of self the cause of her decaying mind? and Do you ever truly know the person you love?

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