Gone Girl: a mystery based upon the novel. I suspect those of you who haven’t read it will enjoy the movie more than those who have, as the underlying story is premised on a gimmick.
The script is by the book’s author, Gillian Flynn. Because I had not read the book, the movie held my interest. Notwithstanding the manipulative plotline, there are some quality acting performances. The story raises the question, “Who can you trust?” After a short, chilling opening scene, we meet Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a husband whose marriage is off track. We hear about his teetering marriage via a conversation Nick has with a bartender, whom we later learn is his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon). Nick and Margo operate “The Bar” in North Carthage, a fictional town in Missouri. Shortly after, Nick returns home to find signs of a break-in. His wife is missing. Nick calls the police and detectives Boney (Kim Dickens) and Gilpen (Patrick Fugit) suspect Nick’s wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) may have been killed. Amy is a public personality whose parents had created the “Amazing Amy” series of children’s books based on enhanced episodes in Amy’s life.
The media promptly becomes involved. Rand (David Clennon) and Marybeth (Lisa Banes), are very media savvy parents. As the story unfolds, the institution of marriage takes a beating. One of the more interesting characters is an individual named Greta (Lola Kirke), in this suspense created by one of the cinema’s hottest directors, David Fincher.
Amy’s very wealthy but naïve ex-boyfriend, Desi (Neil Patrick Harris) and Tyler Perry as the high profile defense attorney, add to the story. The first half of this 145 minute film focuses on Nick. The second half, on Amy and their relationship. Some violent scenes.
David Fincher received an Academy Award for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The Social Network (2010) for which he also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director and the BAFTA Award for Best Direction. His most recent film is this adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, and Ben Affleck is outstanding as are the two detectives, Boney and Gilpin, in Fargo-type characterizations. This movie works. On a scale of 5.0, this is a 3.5 star flick.
Steven Guttman, Esq.