Gone Girl

Gone Girl ★★★★½

When one of the best directors working today releases a new film, it is certainly a major event. David Fincher has directed some great films over the past 20 years and the release of his newest is indeed a major event. While I don't feel like Gone Girl is his best film, I do feel as though it is one of his most important films.

Fincher's best films have had something critical to say of our society or have teased out some of the faults inherent of humanity. What makes Gone Girl an important entry into his filmography is because of its interest in how men and women exist within relationships. The tension between reality and the societal expectations for what each gender should adhere to is the richest aspect of the film.

Fincher has made a film that succeeds as both pulpy thriller as well as an interesting investigation of marriage and gender roles in our current age. The bulk of the credit for those aspects belongs to author Gillian Flynn. Her work provides Fincher with plenty of genre thrills to keep you on the edge of your seat as well as opportunities for you to sit and consider the implications of those troublesome images in Gone Girl's mirror.

Watching Gone Girl may lead to you walking out of the theater feeling a little dirtier but you'll likely be talking about what it had to say about men, women, and marriage long after you wash that dirt off.

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