The movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller 'Gone Girl' is this month's most talked about movie. Directed by David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club and The Social Network), the movie has gripped audiences across the world, but does it live up to the hype?
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home on the day of him and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike)'s fifth anniversary to find her missing. Nick is determined to find the truth, but at the center of a media frenzy, Nick soon finds himself not so innocent in the public's eye.
Told through the perspective of Nick as he handles the media and through the diary of Amy, the couple's relationship slowly unravels from a position of the perfect happy couple on the surface to a troubling emotional chasm.
Clues are given one by one to help us shape our own judgment on the case. Did he kill her? Did she kill her? Or was it him? For the first half, the intrigue is intense, slowly building to a point before the twist hits you. I was like 'Wow'...
The film takes a different turn from this point on and without spoiling the movie, it is mind games till the end. In a shocking and almost honest way, the movie finishes as it starts: a bookend for the relationship and of the movie.
Though I have not read the book myself, the movie is extremely gripping and I'm sure readers of the book will not be walking out disappointed. The shock and slight disturbance of the movie's events is sure to be a talking point, though be warned that this movie does contain a scene of strong bloody violence and occasional nudity (mainly boobs and bums).
Ben Affleck- Nick Dunne
Rosamund Pike- Amy Dunne
Also stars Neil Patrick Harris
Ben Affleck is strong and brooding and slightly too bulky though is completely outshined by Rosamund Pike as Amy, who is ranged, or should I saw deranged and showcased a spectrum of emotion and crazy. Award nominations ensue.
'Gone Girl' is a highly dramatised and extreme take on marriage themes, portrayed in a gripping thriller that has you gasping and holding on to the edge of your seat. Definitely shocking at times and even emotional, this movie will leave you thinking if not talking for a long time. At least until Awards season in January 2015.