In-house review: Gone Girl (2014)

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 Gone Girl – dir. David Fincher, starring Ben Affleck and Rosumund Pike.

Reviewed by Ben.

Now where to begin… where to begin….?

The problem with writing this piece is trying to not give anything away and spoiling it for all you lovely people reading this…but I volunteered, so here goes…

Gone Girl is the adaptation of a book of the same title by Gillian Flynn from 2012. Directed by David Fincher (Girl with the here Dragon Tattoo, Fights Club, Seven), it tells the story of the disappearance of Amy Dunne (played by Rosamund Pike). Featuring Ben Affleck, who plays Nick Dunne (Amy’s husband), the story is in essence a ‘who dunnit?’ With lies, betrayal and murder on the agenda, it’s left to the audience for the first half of the film to try to work out who is guilty and who is throwing the red herrings about the place.

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Now, while I have no issue with a good psychological thriller, there are several elements of this film which did annoy me… greatly…I won’t say what they are as it would give away too much of the plot, but for me the second half of the film definitely saves the first half. Ben Affleck is pretty average at best, especially compared to Rosamund Pike who holds your attention from start to finish. Nick Dunne’s sister, played by Carrie Coon, is also a worthy mention for its her character that in a round-about way plays the audience, for she is completely in the dark about all the events that lead up to the disappearance, so as she learns of what’s been happening behind closed doors, so do we.

I’m going to leave it at that because I really can’t say any more without giving the plot away.

But, to answer the obvious question of would I recommend it?  Yes I would. Just be prepared to have an open mind about certain things for the sake of a good, old-fashioned Hollywood thriller.

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Interview with Gone Girl cinematographer, Jeff Cronenweth.

 

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