Gone Girl is a mystery/thriller movie based on the novel which was written by Gillian Flynn, 2 years before she decided to adapt her novel into a screenplay in which David Fincher would direct. It was released in the UK on the 2nd of October, 2014.
This movie stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon and Neil Patrick Harris.
The story of Gone Girl is that we follow creative writing professor and bar owner Nick Dunne (Affleck) on the day of his fifth wedding anniversary finds that his wife has gone missing and his house trashed. But as a case of a missing woman becomes a murder investigation, the evidence slowly turns more and more onto Nick being the prime suspect.
One of the most unique parts of this movie is that it is not just a mystery, thriller, investigative movie, it is also a dark satire on how the majority of us see media and news broadcasting to be 100% fact whereas, more often than not, there are different sides to every story which are not always heard.
Ben Affleck just proves once again that his career has turned around for the better after going from the lead in Daredevil, to winning a well deserved 2013 best picture academy award. And I also believe that he is going to be fantastic as the caped crusader, Batman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The star of the show however has to go to Rosamund Pike. Pike plays Amy Dunne, the wife of Nick who we later find out is already immortalised by the public after she became a child star, due to being the inspiration to her mother's best selling novels, 'Amazing Amy.'
However, we follow the tale of another type of story from Amy's diaries. We alternate from the past and present throughout the movie in which the in the present, the investigation to Amy's alleged murder is taking place and the past being Amy's diary accounts with the voice of Amy being our (un?)reliable narrator. Some of these events include Amy's opinions of being terrorised by the man who she no longer recognises as her husband.
The star who has an equal impact to this movie to Pike's performance is the director himself, David Fincher. I feel that no one else could've directed this movie to be one of the best movies of 2014 in the same way as Fincher has done. The amount of twist and turns that take place and managing to make the movie make sense and the climatic conclusion can only be handled by the man, the genious and the legend known as David Fincher.
Although I did love this movie, I thought that there was one inconsistency which affected my viewing for about 5-10 minutes and that was the casting of Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's former high school boyfriend, Desi Collings. I just thought that because this is such a exciting thrill ride of mystery and drama with twist and turns around every corner, a comedic actor such as Neil Patrick Harris, who I find to be very talented and funny, did not add to the suspense.
Overall, Gone Girl is one of the best movies of 2014 and in my opinion, one of Fincher's best movies. I strongly believe that this gives awareness to the fact that media is not all that it is presented to be. I also have a strong confidence that it is going to bring home the one academy award that is nominated for, which is Rosamund Pike's career defining performance as best actress.
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