Gone Girl (2014) Dir. David Fincher
Synopsis: With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
My rating: ★★★★☆
It’s very rare that you can be glued to a screen for two and a half hours but Gone Girl did it for me. Director David Fincher can take the praise for that as he continues to make superb thrillers with great characters. Firstly, the performances are solid: Ben Affleck is well, as good as Ben Affleck gets. Rosamund Pike is also well cast and lets be honest, it could have gone a different way with a more commercial actress such as Reese Witherspoon who would have been unable to bring the subtleness that Pike brought to Amy Dunne.
Gillian Flynn’s script is well crafted and I haven’t read the book but the narrative is truly clever because you are given so many points of view that tie into each other. Everybody who watches Gone Girl will change their mind multiple times on who the bad guy really is and who they empathise with which is perfectly manipulative and genius.
What I liked the most about Gone Girl was the questions it raised about gender roles. Why are the media so quick to make men out to be villains yet victimise women when they don’t have all the facts? Why are the media never accountable and how is it they can have so much power to sway the public to hate a man?
You are most definitely in for a ride with this one however without revealing a spoiler, I have to mention the ending. I personally did not have a problem with the ending but mainly with the way it was done. After a two and half hour run time, in my eyes Fincher should have taken another minute to spread out his ending in detail and what the future holds for these characters but perhaps he just didn’t want to. Perhaps Fincher wants you to figure it out for yourself. One thing is for sure though: this is not a date movie.