Gone Girl (2014): You Don’t Know You’ve Got ’til It’s…

Posted: February 21, 2015 in Drama, Mystery, Thriller

MV5BMTk0MDQ3MzAzOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzU1NzE3MjE@._V1_SX640_SY720_It is their fifth wedding anniversary and Nick Dunne feels less interested in celebrating than attempting to get some stress off of his back. Returning home after a trip to see his sister at the bar, he finds his house has been broken into and his wife is missing. When the police arrive and investigate the scene, they bring Nick in for questioning. He begins to realize that they might suspect foul play and he could be the primary suspect. Searching for his own answers and getting a lawyer onboard, Nick begins to fight for his innocence as the evidence seems to pile up against him. The question is…where is Amazing Amy? Even though Nick begins to look guiltier by the second, is all really as it seems? Is she really dead?

Review: Based on the best-selling novel, David Fincher looked to capitalize on previous success with the thriller genre. While the theme on the surface was simply a quest to answer what happened to Amy Dunne, it was actually only half of the story. While the mid-story twist (though not a secret to readers of the novel) was certainly an enjoyable one, the storytelling and the overall acting felt a little flat. The one exception was Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne), as her level of intrigue only grew with each maniacal move toward framing her husband. This was a breakout role for her, getting the chance to be featured as a woman going from innocent victim to secret schemer and murderer. Hers was the only performance truly identified as exceptional.

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As the story goes, viewers may actually get annoyed or frustrated with the arc. With the first half including an angry Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne) and an untrusting Kim Dickens (Detective Rhonda Boney), the second half features a very eerie Neil Patrick Harris (Desi Collings) and a tolerable Tyler Perry (Tanner Bolt). With Nick first fighting to find Amy and then for his innocence, Affleck did a decent job at portraying the frustration with seeing the world turn against him and of a man more concerned with his image than uncovering the truth of the ordeal. When he finally realized what really happened, he simply fell into a helpless state. This ending may have been the most frustrating thing, particularly since almost all of Nick’s wrongdoings had been aired out already.

For Amy, her story was intriguing, but it was also a little too farfetched that one woman could deceive so many people without making a single mistake. The way the film ended left a bitter taste and an uneasy feeling that the story was still missing some other element to provide a better sense of closure.

Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5


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