Gone Girl – Review

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Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit
Based on the novel written by and adapted for the screen by: Gillian Flynn
Directed by: David Fincher
Metacritic Score: 79 (Seventh Best Reviewed Movie of 2014)
IMDb Score: 8.2 (#130 out of The Top 250 of IMDb as of Feb 12, 2015)
Nominated for: 1 Oscar (Best Actress – Rosamund Pike), 4 Golden Globes (Director, Actress, Screenplay, Original Score)

Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language

The disappearance of a loved one is a moment where many of us would dread to go through. But what would it feel like to not only deal with the missing person, but a media storm that surrounds the entirety of the issue? And what if you find out that Tyler Perry isn’t in the movie but not in drag? What you have is an entertaining film that more than keeps you into its 2 hour plus timeline…but asks you not to really think to hard about it after.

Nick Dunne (Affleck) comes home to find his wife Amy (Pike) missing and his house burglarized. This leads to a multitude of events that leads to Nick being accused of killing her by the media, even though he wasn’t there at the time of her disappearance.

Gone Girl is a movie that is exactly what you expect from David Fincher: a tightly made, expertly crafted film with great mood and pacing that keeps you into the movie from start to finish no matter what is happening. Everything from the editing to the lighting to, well, everything technical (including the music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) oozes with a perfectionist mood that all of Fincher’s films do.

There is an interesting film that has many more layers (that you may or may not know of already) that keeps the viewer incredibly engaged as you watch every step go through. Yet, Gone Girl looks and sounds like a 5 star film that should be adored by noir lovers and mystery fans and it sure feels like it when you watch it.

Take a step back, like, 20 minutes after you watch the film; you start to get a different, more fuddled look into the screen. It’s expertly crafted; it’s a tight and well-directed movie; but what might be the most striking thing about the film is that how it slowly unravels after you watch it. Namely, without David Fincher, this movie would not work. In fact, it would probably be laughably bad.

To explain why that is and to go into detail would also mean spoiling the film entirely, which won’t happen here. It can be boiled down to the film’s timeline, which goes into all sorts of directions that are laughable and insane at best. The level of disbelief and “well, that timing would have to be impeccable” brings a real “only in the movies!” feel that really, in retrospect, is unbelievable that the film goes there.

And it’s not a “goes there” as in “my God, they actually went there!” feeling, it is a “are you kidding me?” goes there. It is a “what the hell? Do you think I’m that stupid?” crazy. It’s B-Movie crazy.

And yet, with what can only be described as a use of the Fincher Godmother wand, a laughably terrible film is turned into a solidly, expertly paced film that is absolutely fixating to watch.

It’s especially fixating to watch Rosamund Pike, who puts in a great performance as Amy. Again, without spoilers, Pike gives a great performance that most actresses would have loved to dig into. Her cool, confident performance is one of the things that aside from Fincher makes this film such a watchable treat.

But, damn, it’s hard not to look back at this film and pick apart every little plothole and every little thing that just makes me want to go “do you really think I’m that stupid?” Well, guess what? I am. I am that stupid. This movie is completely engaging and doesn’t feel like a 2 and a half hour movie and it’s very entertaining.

Just…don’t think too hard after you are done.

4/5 – Suspend your disbelief and enjoy this dark, expertly paced film that is pure Fincher bliss. Then don’t think about it after.

The Wiz Says #4

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