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Published on October 4th, 2014 | by Allan Brown


Gone Girl Review

Movie Review: Gone Girl (2014)gone-girl-film-poster-ben-affleck-movie-review-world

Rating: 18

Running Time: 149 mins

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Gillian Flynn (screenplay), Gillian Flynn (novel)

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit





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Thrills, chills, twists and turns presented in a slick social commentary are order of the day, in David Fincher‘s stylish adaptation of Gillian Flynn best-selling novel, Gone Girl.

On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne returns home to discover his wife missing and the scene of a possible struggle in their North Carthage home. Having quickly reported the incident to local detectives, what ensues is nothing short of a media frenzy as Nick quickly finds himself painted as suspect number one in his wife’s disappearance. Innocent or not, he finds himself in a battle against time to convince the media and authorities of his innocence, or face the inevitable consequences

ben-affleck-as-nick-dunne-questioned-at-police-station-in-gone-girl-movie-review-worldFincher’s Gone Girl offers several strands to its exquisite bow. On the one hand, it’s a traditional murder mystery, with twists, turns and red herrings galore, all firmly and uncompromisingly rooted in the thriller genre.

On the other hand, it’s a blistering satirical social commentary of today’s media. The film unashamedly holds a mirror up, to not only the media gods and there manipulation of public opinion, but we as a society who have become so accustomed to viewing the world solely on what the media feeds us that we accept it as fact. In the blink of an eye, we as a society cast judgement after hearing the latest hearsay, rumour or blind hunch, creating heroes and villains based on how they are painted in newspapers and on television, and all without the need of the facts or particulars of a case.

A satirical and cautionary tale of marriage, filled with dark humour and cynicism

And lastly, yet perhaps most importantly, its a satirical and cautionary tale of marriage, filled with black humour and cynicism. This theme is where Fincher relishes the opportunity to dabble in the realms of dark humour, thus making light of the seriousness of the subject matter which are presented through anything from set-pieces to character tone, from its unsettling yet monotonic elevator type theme music to the emotionless delivery of dialogue from key characters.

From the word go, the film takes its time in setting up its characters, mood and direction. Its splintered structure that see’s many flashbacks may slow the pace of the main thread for many, but these sequences are handled with care and do not overstay they’re welcome.

rosamunda-pike-as-amy-in-gone-girl-movie-review-worldGone Girls author Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the films screenplay) has created wonderfully rich characters, and both Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck deliver in bring them to life in stunning career best performances. Affleck’s ‘guy next door’ portrayal is tone perfect and Fincher keeps him accessible to the audience focusing the camera on him throughout the ordeal. Indeed he is under the audiences microscope from the get go.

Pike not only stands out as a strong female lead here, but gives one of the memorable female performances I have seen in recent memory. She is a complex and versatile character that offers a vulnerability and she,  for good or for bad, lights up every scene she is in.

The supporting cast also deliver delightful performances, in particular Kim Dickens as hard-nosed Detective Rhonda Boney, Neil Patrick Harris as Desi, Amy Dunne’s lingering past flame and of course Carrie Coon who plays  Margo, Nicks devoted twin.

The films pace does slows towards the third act and the conclusion may leave many reeling, but one thing is for sure, Gone Girl is a film that will stay with you long after the credits roll, evoking much discussion and debate, and for me, that is that mark of a great film.

Gone Girl Review Allan Brown


Summary: While I may not be rushing out to see Gone Girl again anytime soon. One cannot be anything other than captivated by what Fincher has created. Another rich multi layered narrative, brimming with social satire, style, grace and fascinating performances. With Seven, Zodiac and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in his back catalogue, Fincher has once again reaffirmed himself as the master-craftsman of the thriller genre.


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2 Responses to Gone Girl Review

  1. Fantastic review, and so attractive! Glad you liked it. The heart of the film is something that David Fincher makes clear and both Affleck and Pike are accustomed to with every characteristic of their performances – is that Gone Girl is in the long run, a love story, one made accurate by its contrariness.

  2. Nostra says:

    I also thoroughly enjoyed this movie, Fincher really knows how to mix all the different parts of the story well and keeps his viewers guessing.

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