Saturday, October 4, 2014

David Fincher's Gone Girl is Brilliantly Jarring - you won't sleep for days

Gone Girl – Movie Review by Anne Brodie

Directed by David Fincher
Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris
Runtime: 149 minutes
Rating: 4.5/5
Nic Dunne arrives home and his wife Amy’s gone. There appears to have been a violent confrontation; furniture’s’ upturned and there’s blood. It’s the Dunne’s fifth anniversary and as is her habit, Amy has left an envelope marked Clue One, meant to lead him to his gift. But it will also lead him down a sinister rabbit hole that could cost him his life. Nothing is what it seems in Fincher’s excruciatingly intense tale.
Gone Girl is as visceral as a psychological thriller can be. It clamps down and won’t let go because you can miss a beat. It’s a heavily nuanced cat and mouse game, any variations have significance, every second counts. This insanely riveting thriller takes all one’s attention. It’s an emotional and mental exercise starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in career changing performances as a married couple trying to, um, sort things out.
Basic Instinct, The War of the Roses, Death and the Maiden, Extremities with the flair of Alfred Hitchcock and a taste of the nasty realism of Flincher’s Zodiac all come to mind, but afterwards, but not while watching the masterful Gone Girl. Its 149 minute length flies by like greased lightning, so captivating is the story of love gone way wrong. If it could happen to them, this handsome couple, it could happen to anyone.

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