Getting a new David Fincher movie is like getting a present: they’re both very exciting despite the hype, and it’s fun to scream “WHAT’S IN THE BOX?” when receiving both. Gone Girl is the latest film from Fincher, and I would argue that it’s one of his strongest. Adapted from the popular Gillian Flynn novel, Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a man who encounters extreme media attention after his wife disappears. Gillian Flynn writes the screenplay as well.
To be totally honest, I wasn’t fully on board with the film at first. There were some stylistic choices with the pacing and editing that caught me off guard. However, as the film went on, I thought the style was endearing. I also had some problems with the audio in the beginning. When characters were in a loud club, they were talking at a normal volume and we were able to hear them perfectly because of the magic of mics. This is a small issue, but it creates a fantastical environment and takes you out of the film a bit. That said, I’ll be paying close attention to these scenes on my second viewing, because there’s a chance that this was a stylistic choice.
The performances in this film are top-notch. Ben Affleck is great, but Rosamund Pike steals the show as the titular Gone Girl. Tyler Perry is very charismatic, Neil Patrick Harris is incredibly creepy, and Casey Wilson is perfectly uncomfortable. Carrie Coon brings a touch of humanity to the story as Nick Dunne’s twin sister, Margo. The characters can at times be one-note, but they all serve their purpose and they’re performed with a sense of impossible realism.
The script is also fantastic. This movie is definitely a movie where it’s best to walk in with a blank slate. It’s a lot of fun to let the film take you on the journey. It’s not very predictable and keeps a good pace throughout. The dialogue is fantastic and really engrosses you in the film. The cinematography is gorgeous and creates a sort of creepy, melancholy tone. And the score by Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross is absolutely haunting.
Gone Girl is really intense. And really screwed up. There’s a lot of emotional traumatization in the climax of the movie. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it kept me engaged and excited, and I’ll be thinking about this movie for a long time. 9/10.