Hi-ho, I'm Lyn!
Aussie. Teacher. Musician. Twin. Fan of film, TV, literature & musical theatre. Love fab friends & family, Star Wars & overall groovyness of life.
Check out my blog at happychappythankyou.blogspot.com.au/
Published October 8th 2014
"I will practice believing my husband loves me but I could be wrong." (Amy Dunne)
Adapted by Gillian Flynn from her 2012 novel of the same name and directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The film features several interweaving themes, commenting on the media, marriage and the darkness of deceit.
Fincher (Social Network, Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) takes us on a cracking ride through this deadly domestic drama. Frequent collaborators Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross ably accompany each tense, heightened frame with an effectively unsettling score. The cast are outstanding; Affleck's Dunne is simultaneously sympathetic and infuriating. He navigates the insincerity surrounding his character effortlessly. Jury is out on whether he will be even remotely okay as the new Batman but he certainly delivers the goods in this film. Without a doubt though the real star of this effort is Rosamund Pike. It's difficult to review her unbelievable performance without spoiling the twists of the film but her flawless turn is definitely leaps and bounds away from her role as the sweet Jane Bennett in Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice, 2005.
The supporting players are equally impressive; Carrie Coon brings realism, humour and depth as Nick's twin sister Margo (as a twin myself I resonated especially with her portrayal), Kim Dicken's determined Detective Boney is the film's moral compass, Tyler Perry oozes confidence and resourcefulness as superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt and Neil Patrick Harris is unrecognisable as Amy's desperate ex Desi. I viewed this film without any prior awareness of the story as I had not read the original source novel. This facilitated a thrilling ride, each twist and turn surprising, the revelation of the second half of the film, phenomenal.
Previous fans of the Flynn novel may lose something in the adaptation, particularly as it seems the film deviates from the book. Regardless, this riveting thriller lived up to the hype and is well worth a watch.