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Gone Girl - Film Review

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by Ricardohead (subscribe)
Budding screenwriter, electro/indie music lover, TV watcher, cinema frequenter, living in Sydney, graduated from RMIT, raised in Brisbane born in El Salvador.
Published November 3rd 2014
See this before it's gone, girl or guy
Based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, Gone girl is a drama/thriller from David Fincher that weaves you through a sordid story about a husband's (Ben Affleck) search for his missing wife (Rosamund Pike). In the course of the investigation questions are raised about the husband as he comes across apathetic and emotionless about his wife's disappearance. We learn through flash backs how they met and subsequently how their lives become a shell of what was once a happy couple.

Gone Girl, film poster, review
Gone Girl film poster


I have been a huge fan of Fincher's since Se7en (1995) without realising it. It was his 2007 film Zodiac that I truly marvelled at his detail and story telling ability. Gone Girl is no exception.

Both Affleck and Pike make this film work with their capricious characters who in one scene you sympathise with and then the next you can't stand. I can't say much about the whole film without giving anything away. But the ending only works (or doesn't work as some have said) because of this topsy-turvy relationship the audience has with these characters. The rest of the cast is solid. I was delighted to see Neil Patrick Harris and Casey Wilson (Penny from Happy Endings) in serious roles ... well, almost serious.

Fincher is notorious for his perfectionism and multiple takes, which is evident in the cinematography and sets. He has re-teamed with musical composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor who were told to make the music peaceful with a sense of dread.

The film also picks at common problems in a lot of relationships and may even draw attention to problems or fights you have had in your own relationships. This is probably what they were going for in a way for you to identify somewhat with these characters. Obviously this is a film and the lengths these characters go to is fictional - I hope. I'm not saying you're going to break-up during the credits but it's just another way this film gets under your skin.

If you want a thriller that takes you through a good story told well, this is the film for you. Just don't expect to like anyone by the end, because people are the worst.

Except my lovely readers ; )
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