Director David Fincher has turned to Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, ‘Gone Girl’ as the inspiration for his latest film. Known to be salacious and twisted, with clever jabs at celebrity culture, it's also a pretty clever mystery full of dark corners in the human psyche ready to be explored.
Fincher has turned Flynn's guilty pleasure of a novel and shapes it into an absorbing crime tale that works whether you know the twists or not. ‘Gone Girl’ is at its core a crime procedural, with Fincher adding care and precision and dark foreboding undercurrents racing through every moment.
The story…Ben Affleck (in one of his best performances to date) plays Nick Dunne, a bar owner stuck in a terrible marriage with Amy (Rosamund Pike) who goes missing… the rest you’ll have to find out yourself!
Some of the film's plot quite absurd yet the audience becomes totally enthralled in the plot and the twists and turns with questions of who to trust and what their motives are occupying our minds throughout.
The cinematography has beautiful moments while the soundtrack by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor is perfectly suited to the ambiguities the films characters present to us.
This is one of those neo-noir films that Fritz Lang used to make, whose appeal may to a large part depend on your response to the book, to which it is so faithful. As in the book, the film narrative is split between Amy’s voiceovers as she writes in or reads from her diary, and Nick’s parallel story of his crumbling life. Really nothing is what it seems in this he said/she said thriller. A wonderfully nightmarish film full of surprises…