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Review - Gone Girl

By midlandsmovies, Dec 14 2014 10:01PM

Gone Girl (2014) Dir. David Fincher

Fincher, the director of macabre and dark films such as Seven, The Game and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo adapts Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel in this thriller concerning the seedier side of the American dream. When Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home one day, he finds his wife (Rosamund Pike) missing with blood splatters around the house before the media spend no time roundly pointing an accusing finger at him. With the police checking his every move, his demeanour is analysed by all around him as we uncover some home truths about his “perfect” marriage and with clues piling against him – from suspicious credit card purchases to extra-marital dalliances – Fincher points the camera at Affleck as his life spirals out of control.

An impressive Tyler Perry acts as Nick’s lawyer as Affleck begins to put some interesting puzzle pieces together in the hope of finding the truth. Ben Affleck shows that his acting chops in Argo and The Town weren’t a recent fluke but the outstanding performance is Rosamund Pike who holds the film together with a multi-faceted and multi-faced performance. Saying too much would spoil the story surprises but as we uncover the truth about everyone’s past, the audience are struck with a conundrum between people’s public persona versus their very much private performances. A few rug-pulls are obvious from the outset but Fincher is never boring, keeping the narrative strands moving forward but allowing space for characters to develop and expand.

A mystery and thesis in one, Gone Girl uses a simple set up to tackle thorny issues of marriage and relationships and throws in some absurdly murky twists and turns along the journey.

A sinister 7.5/10

Midlands Movies Mike

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