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GONE GIRL

Movie Review by David Blackwell

 

149 minutes, Rated R

STARRING Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris

WRITTEN by Gillian Flynn

DIRECTED by David Fincher

GONE GIRL is one of the best films of the year and one of the best David Fincher movies of his directing career.   I love the reversals and twists in this movie.   The first major twist occurs about one hour in to be followed by more twists and reversals.   Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are the center of this movie along with the other stars- the direction of David Fincher and the music score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.   GONE GIRL deserves some nominations and awards because it proves why David Fincher is still one of the best directors of this time.

 

The movie starts like normal for Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), but he discovers his wife Amy Elliot-Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has disappeared.  The signs point to a break-in and abduction, but the evidence is off as blood is discovered like it has been cleaned up.  Did Nick kill his wife and covering it up or is something else going on?   The story goes back and forth between three stories for the first hour- the story from Nick’s point of view, the investigation lead by Detective Rhonda Boney, and Amy’s diary which casts some doubts on Nick’s story and his relationship with Amy.   Amy and Nick are struggling New York writers who have moved back to Nick’s hometown after they both lose their writing jobs for magazines.   Nick runs a bar with his twin sister Margo called The Bar.   GONE GIRL pulls you back and forth in different directions as you see how the media portrays the disappearance of Amy Dunne and how Nick tries to use the media to his advantage, but the real twist is an hour into the movie that casts doubts the story in Amy’s diary as it throws doubt on everything and Nick works to fight to prove his innocence as you wonder up to that point of he is being framed up for something he might not have done.

 

GONE GIRL is one of David Fincher’s masterpieces that is full of complexity, technical mastery, and another great music score from Reznor and Ross (who have previously scored for other Fincher movies- THE SOCIAL NETWORK and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO). Nick is a struggling writer who isn’t bright as he seems, but the media dub his relationship with his sister as twincest while his wife Amy is basically the type you don’t want to ignore.   GONE GIRL is the tale of several stories with one being the questionable narrator thrown in the mix and there is nothing like what a woman would do if she’s scorned more than once.   GONE GIRL is one of the Fincher masterpieces that will stand up as one of his best movies even after he is gone.   It is the type of movie that will be remembered as a classic and a masterpiece.

 

This review is 10-8-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com