ByCharles Broughton, writer at
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Charles Broughton

'Gone Girl' is a psychological thriller based on the novel of the same name by Gillan Flynn who also wrote the screenplay. The film is directed by David Fincher and stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne. The film tells the story of Nick as he tries to find his missing wife. However as more and more clues are discovered, the truth about her disappearance may be more sinister than first assumed.

David Fincher is one of the best directors working in the business today and it is no surprise to see that he is perhaps the best if not one of the best, in the genre of thriller. The second the film begins it is clear to see that this is a David Fincher film. It is difficult to imagine another director who could have created such a brilliant film for such a sinister story. From his signature lighting to the lack of handheld camera Fincher has utilised every aspect of film making and incorporated them all so as to create 'Gone Girl'. The main idea in the film is that of the power of the media and how it can completely turn a story the other way around and warp the truth when not presented with all the facts. This main idea is brought across excellently because the film plays on the knowledge that the audience doesn't know the truth and so it reinforces the media aspect by making the viewer feel as if they are watching a news story and they can only piece together the story when presented with the facts. However as soon as conflicting facts begin to surface, the viewer begins to question the truth they have initially been presented with.

Although Ben Affleck's character is the main focus of the film, Rosamund Pike steals the show with an incredible performance. She plays Amy with extreme dexterity as her character is one that is incredibly ambiguous and Pike's performance simply heightens the surprise and shock of the twists and turns throughout the movie. Ben Affleck was brilliant in the film as he plays Nick with ease. Nick is an awkward character and much like Pike's performance, Affleck's performance simply emphasises the twists that are scattered throughout the film. It was a surprise to see Tyler Perry in the film and upon being introduced to him it was slightly worrying as to whether his performance would be on par with that of his co-stars or whether it would bring the movie down. However he was surprisingly good as Nick's lawyer and it is clear to see how a director can influence the acting of his cast.

The script by Gillan Flynn is perhaps one of the most intelligent scripts to be written in recent years. With incredible twists that no one could see coming and characters with which one emotionally invests themselves in, Flynn is an intelligent writer and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we are all waiting in anticipation and excitement for her next screenplay.

The music in the film is perhaps one of the more striking aspects of the film. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who have worked on previous films with Fincher, have written one of the most suspenseful and unnerving scores in their careers. With low synthesisers setting the mood of doubt and caution for the film and a solo piano lightly hinting at the suspiciousness of all characters involved. There is one scene in particular that was perhaps the most memorable scene not solely for it's imagery and plot twist but the music was overwhelming in the best way and it was the perfect example of music being used as a tool not only to highlight a certain mood but rather make the audience feel something themselves.

Overall, 'Gone Girl' is a terrific film with terrific performances and incredible direction. Along with unbelievable music and an incredibly clever screenplay with intelligent twists and characters I give 'Gone Girl' a 5 out of 5.


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