Gone Girl

In June of 2012, American author Gillian Flynn published an incredible thriller about a man in search of his disappearing wife. “Gone Girl” was critically acclaimed and quickly earned the top spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List for eight weeks. Within two years, Flynn adapted her novel into a screenplay and teamed with Academy Award nominated director, David Fincher, to bring this crime mystery to the big screen.

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in "Gone Girl"

Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”

The film tells the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) who reported his wife went missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. However, as the police and media try their best to investigate what happened to Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), the spotlight turns on Nick and people begin to question his innocence.

This is, of course, one of those films that is quite hard to talk about without giving any twists or plot points away. However, what I can tell you is that this film is one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in years. It is filled with manipulation, deception and it will keep you guessing the entire 150 minutes. From the opening moments, it is a vicious mind-game that will viewers continue to play even after the film is over. This is actually is one of the reasons why I loved this movie so much. Not many movies can toy with audiences’ psyche like “Gone Girl” does.

One of my favorite elements of Fincher’s latest film is the use of narration. Narration is, unfortunately, underrated and underused. The few times narration is used in modern motion pictures, it usually is unnecessary or down right annoying. Yet, this film uses it to not only mislead and confuse the audience, it also truly enhances the storytelling. The narration along with a beautiful but quiet score, perfectly compliment the stunning and stylish look of the director’s new film. Even with the harrowing story and moments of sheer terror, the film offers a look of a beautiful calm.

The movie is also filled with interesting but obvious commentary. Its themes addresses our obsession with media coverage of similar events. It also addresses how easily society sides with people just because the news or talk show says to. The movie, smartly, gives audiences a lot to think about after their minds are cleared from the twists and turns. It is, like most Fincher movies are, a smart and cunning film that has a lot to say contextually and thematically.

To add to these amazing elements, this adaptation is filled with great performances, from its minor characters to its stars. Carrie Coon, in particular, gives a subtle but powerful performance. Her chemistry with Affleck is so real, it is impossible not to enjoy their scenes together. She at times is the comedic relief but also has some moments which let her performance shine. Affleck is great in this picture but it is one of his more subtle performances. He is visibly a torn man, one that the audience won’t know to hate or love. However, Pike steals the show from all of her amazing costars. Her performance is breathtaking as she can be the beautiful and innocent in some scenes, the in other cold and empty. Finally, when you have these performances together, you have one of the best acted films of the year.

“Gone Girl” is a stylish, unforgettable thriller and one of the best films of 2014.

4 out of 4 stars

– By Jacob Tiranno

In case you missed our video review of “Annabelle” and “Gone Girl” this week, here it is below:

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