I despise spoilers. They destroy the film’s heart and soul and generally just piss me off. Therefore, I’m going to try and write a spoiler-free review, because you don’t want Gone Girl ruined. This won’t be easy as the twists change the movie and to talk of the characters, is to talk of them in relation to these twists.
What I can say however, is this is a film made by its casting. Batfleck may not be the most popular man working in Hollywood, but this general apathy made him the perfect Nick Dunne. Not only does Affleck have the likability of a Nick Dunne, his physical appearance is also spot on. His chin dimple and his Hollywood smile both fit with the literary character. Affleck has got some indifferent press of late, but his troubled performance here is arguably the film’s highlight.
Rosamund Pike, as Amy Dunne, is also fantastic. Watch this performance act as a catalyst on her career. She deserves all the praise she’ll get.
The casting success is most notable with Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of Desi Collings. Though not a starring role in this picture, his portrayal is special and once again proves that he is much more than a catchphrase-toting , Smurf-lover.
The film is a slow one, tense without being laboured. The pace picks up as twists unfold but it is not a speedy picture. The dark thriller is deep and psychological so the methodological pace helps each piece linger before falling, deftly, into place.
Essentially, David Fincher has struck gold again. His unique style of dark drama interspersed with cutting humour is the perfect combination for Gillian Flynn’s screenplay. The two and a half hour thriller is a saga, but a worthwhile one. Fincher moulds tense and sinister themes with the occasional lighter element in a way that makes Gone Girl a picture that you can’t tear your eyes from.
I had little idea of the style, speed or direction David Fincher was going to take Gillian Flynn’s adapted screenplay, but I can assure you that both Gone Girl veterans and Gone Girl noobs will be wholly satisfied.
Gone Girl is a first rate thriller that hangs substantial importance on its past and thanks to Fincher’s direction, shall have an equally bright future.
★★★★ 1/2 (This was so nearly higher.)
N.B. If you’re a fan of film soundtracks, you’ll be in ecstacy.