The novel and screenplay is written by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher. As a sort of heads up about the movie, Fincher's resume includes House of Cards, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Panic Room and Fight Club... just to name a few examples of what he's capable of. Not to mention his resume, if you look in the right spots, has clues to this film and how it twists and turns.
Gone Girl starts off in an odd tone of sorts, where we see Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy's (Rosamund Pike) past, how they met and got married. Then, while he's at the bar he and his sister own, he gets a call that his cat is outside his house. Then he discovers that his wife is missing.
He calls the cops, where detective Rhonda Berry (Kim Dickens) shows up and starts looking over the house, marking tiny spots of blood here and there, but nothing major.
He is interviewed by the cops, the parents are called in, they start a "Find Amy" campaign, we keep seeing flashbacks to their marraige, the good and the flaws. We start seeing something dark in the flashbacks, THEN, during the search, Andie (Emily Ratajkowski) shows up. His girl on the side, who questions the search and asks if he's started with his divorce yet.
Throughout the story, we watch Nick who seems manic depressant, where his attitude ranges from a flat, deadpan tone to socially accepting and pleasant. He ranges from helpful with the police investigation to defensive.
I'm writing this while watching it and I am pretty confused about whether or not he's guilty or a victim. But there's the weirdest statement that went between Nick and his sister, Margo (Carrie Coon), and that's the first morning after Amy went missing, and when he said he needed to take a shower, she said don't, you need to look like you haven't slept all night.
Again, this is a live recap to this point.
Other cast includes Tyler Perry as a solidly played defense attorney who loves high-profile cases, Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collins, some kind of ex-fling of Amy's and a great cast of supporting acting talent.
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After the first act, this film takes one hell of a fantastic turn that keeps you riveted on whether or not Nick's guilty or not and what really, truly did happen. It is all spelled out for you and there are some brilliant performances given here. You find yourself loving and hating different aspects of the different characters, and you enjoy hating it. You just want to throw up.
And for the first time ever, I seriously like a character Tyler Perry plays.
The atmosphere of the film seems to accent background sounds, like what's playing on a radio in the car or bar. Fincher likes his ambiance.
If you love good mysteries, great twists and a completely riveting tale, this film from Ficher is yet one more crazy good hit from this guy. How ever you find it, via rental, purchase or pay channel, this film is worth it and I seriously wish I had seen it in the theater.
But there you have it.
Gone Girl pulled in $366M worldwide and it received an 8.2/10 on IMDb. That's a good score there and I agree that it's a dramatic 8/10 here.
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I can't wait for the sequel (I don't know if there is one planned or even thought of, but) and that is because I seriously did not like the ending. AT ALL.
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