David Fincher has long been the successor to Alfred Hitchcock’s crown of the ‘Master of Suspense’. His style of directing is unique and unmatched by any other director. Over the years he’s given us some brilliant thought-provoking movies like Fight Club, suspenseful thrillers like Panic Room, The Game, Se7en, He brought the story of Facebook to the big screen in the form of ‘The Social Network’, which in my opinion is the greatest biopic ever made. Time after time he’s been given the task of adapting a novel to the silver screen (Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and on all three occasions he has been up to the task, With Gone Girl he attempts to do the same thing.
Based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne and how he becomes the attention of a media circus after the disappearance of his wife Amy Dunne, his strange behavior begins to make many people suspect the worst, Did he kill her? The film stars; Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, Rosamunda Pike as his wife Amy Dunne as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens. Gone Girl in my opinion is right up there among with Fincher’s very best. Fincher crafts this movie with such amazing skill that it’s wonderful to watch. He reveals us this intricate mystery slowly and but manages to keep the audience intrigued throughout with multiple twists and turns and makes us question what we had seen earlier on every turn.
Ben Affleck is great here, his performance is truly fantastic, a commendable effort but it was Rosamunda Pike’s gripping and haunting performance that really captivated me, her character and how it is revealed before us makes for truly engaging viewing. Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens are all very good in their supporting roles, particularly Perry as Nick’s hotshot lawyer Tanner Bolt. The script written by Gillian Flynn is also a particularly fantastic one, and she manages to condense just about everything important into the 149 minute run-time. Gone Girl concentrates very heavily on the media element and serves as a very good media satire, perhaps an even better one than ‘Nightcrawler’ and succeeds at satirizing the media perfectly over how they over blow everything out of proportion. While ‘Nightcrawler’ simply had this in the background, it remains a very important part of the story here. The cinematography is wonderful and catches the dark tone of the movie perfectly. I’d also like to add that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’s wonderful soundtrack is one of the highlights of the movie and integral in capturing this somber tone.
If this movie is ever low on anything, it’s logic. As the story twists and turns the events that transpire on-screen aren’t very believable for the viewer and the story seems to feel a little far fetched towards the end. The ending is perhaps another thing that might anger some people. And in my opinion Gone Girl has one of the most divisive movie endings ever.
In conclusion, Gone Girl is a dark and brilliant thriller that benefits from David Fincher’s taut direction, Amazing performances from Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck and an engrossing script by Gillian Flynn, even if it goes against logic sometimes. Ultimately, Gone Girl is not only one of the best films of David Fincher’s career, but also of the best ones of 2014.