Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has disappeared. Under scrutiny from the police and media circus around him, the spotlight is turned on him. Soon his lies and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
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Second-guessing my own snobbery, I decided to skip the Republican debate last night and watch Gone Girl. It was bound, I figured, to be slickly entertaining at least. And for a while, it was. But Fincher eventually succumbs to the ugly vacuity of his source material, concocting a crude, incoherent misogyny instead of the zeitgeist-capturing femme fatale he must have intended. Another night possessed by bad politics.
Another empty con job from Fincher that forces the audience to jump through some incredibly contrived hoops for the benefit of... that's it? Unlikable characters being unlikable for two hours with absolutely no pay off, critique, message or summation. I did like Kim Dickens playing Holly Hunter playing the detective & Tyler Perry playing Morgan Freeman playing the lawyer, but otherwise it's just more IKEA-nihilism.
Fincher crafts another dark, satiric thriller that lands strong. The score floats us through what feels like a sick dream effortlessly. Violence is just a symptom of staying in the spotlight and we are all indicted for perpetuating the media circus.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Despite feeling like an overstuffed version of a Law and Order episode at times, Gone Girl is good stuff. The cast is great, the direction superb and score brilliant. The setup was solid and the last half hour completely blindsided me. I loved the satirical angle despite it nauseating me, but steeping in Reznor and Ross' score during the credits after that ending is what I'll remember most...
Pleasantly surprised by this stylish and mysterious thriller. Though it partially explores emasculation and the idea that all girls are not good little angels, that can easily fall by the wayside and it stands on its own as a superbly directed, masterfully photographed, perfectly scored mystery. Simultaneously feels ultra-modern and very classic, vintage even, in its tension. Plus, there's that haunting ending.
There are several plot holes that I couldn't get past. The whole movie takes a bit too much suspension of disbelief for my taste, really.
I did appreciate the take on the importance and influence of the mass media over the public opinion.
Rosamund Pike always portraits the regular good girl. Not here - she goes all over her head with the deceptive psycho wife that will make you want to kill her by yourself. This thriller might be forgotten, but not her performance.
Ben Affleck, the closest his generation may come to a Warren Beatty, seems as befuddled by the machinations of his spouse as Beatty did in "The Parallax View". Fincher's expert handling of pace and atmosphere is very good and makes up for the smugness of much of the material. However, the ending is just a little too clever; neither as bleak as Bergman nor as perverse as Bertolucci, but I admire the attempt.