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Movie Review: Gone Girl

Ben Affleck addresses the crowd about his wife's disappearance in David Fincher's "Gone Girl"

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) addresses the crowd about his wife’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl”

David Fincher is one of Hollywood’s well-known directors. He has made some of the greatest movies of all-time, like Fight Club and The Social Network. His latest film, Gone Girl, is typical Fincher. His beautifully dark cinematography with hues reminiscent to a film noir and the haunting score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross set the manipulated mood very well. With Ben Affleck in front of the camera, he gives a brilliant glimpse of the nature and ambiguity of the news media. It gives audiences to discuss about for years to come.

Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) have been married for nearly five years. On the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick sees a coffee table smashed into a million pieces. He can’t seem to find Amy anywhere. His Missouri hometown is surrounded by police officers, news reporters, and neighbors. They keep asking the same question: Did Nick kill his wife?

He immediately becomes the prime suspect.

When a candlelight vigil takes place, Nick addresses the crowd regarding his wife’s disappearance. While the police looks for clues, Nick tries to get rid of his guilt throughout the investigation.

I always love a good mystery. I have rarely seen a lot where they would keep me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. For a 2-1/2 hour long movie, Gone Girl flew by like a breeze. It does such a phenomenal job at keeping the mystery under wraps (kudos to the marketing campaign). Once the audience settles into the theater, they would expect the unexpected. Words cannot describe how much I loved Gone Girl!

Ben Affleck gives the performance of his career as the suspect of his wife’s disappearance. He’s already becoming one of my favorite actors (even though I still can’t picture him as Batman). Rosamund Pike’s Amy is a force. Through flashbacks and narration, she remains an enigma to the characters, as well as the audience. This is one of the only occasions where Tyler Perry doesn’t suck (the other being his short role in 2009’s Star Trek). His portrayal of a lawyer gives enough wit to this otherwise dark mystery. He keeps his character as serious as the film’s tone. I’m surprised by Neil Patrick Harris as Amy’s obsessive ex-boyfriend. David Fincher and his team give us a nail-biting thriller packed with a dark atmosphere, many twists and turns, dark humor, and it pays off with an emotional punch. He makes it look real, act real, and feel real. Easily one of the year’s absolute best.

4/4

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Gone Girl

  1. I agree. It’s quite odd that comedic actors tackle upon more serious roles (like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show and Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting). In my opinion, they deliver much better performances than their usual comedic stuff (even though I generally love Jim Carrey and Robin Williams, but you get the point). Neil Patrick Harris in Gone Girl is no exception. He delivers such a creepy albeit terrific performance in this movie.

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