rylan_reviews’s review published on Letterboxd:
Gone Girl is the most dark and mean film I have ever seen. The film is flawless. I will be spoiling this movie so please see it before you read!
Nick Dunne (Affleck) and Amy Elliot Dunne (Pike) are a happy couple until one day Amy just disappears. The house has blood in the kitchen and items are broken. Nick is getting trashed by the media as many think he murdered his own wife. Through flashbacks we see that she has kept track of a diary. Nicks life crumbles apart as conspiracies form and everyone is turned against him. We really want Amy to be safe and return.
During the first hour we can tell something is very wrong. Nick keeps denying things the police ask him. As an audience we think he is covering up things and lying but then the twist happens. We are introduced to Rosamund Pike playing the most despicable and most unlikeable character ever put to film. While the Joker and Hannibal Lecter are better villains, they are so entertaining and fun. Nothing is good about Amy. She goes to such lengths to ruin her husbands life it is beyond crazy.
Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck give career performances here. Affleck is just losing his mind because of this calculating psychopath he has married. Pike goes on the run and meets up with an old boyfriend. Neil Patrick Harris plays a different role against his type. He is a crazy dude obsessing over Amy. She continues her path of ruin by murdering him in a horrific scene.
The movie is just so dark and not fun. It’s so brutal to watch this movie. I usually don’t like when characters don’t get what they deserve but here this movie is so well shot, directed, and acted I can forgive it. I just like other films better. I loved Gone Girl and technically I think this is one of the most overlooked films ever. It’s a masterpiece and I can’t say much more.
My final praise is Rosamund Pike gives the best lead actress performance I have ever seen.