Gone Girl

RATED-(R)-149-MIN-2014

 

I’m not sure if the author of the book: Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn), has been through a rather bad marriage or relationship , but something left a mark. Gone Girl at its heart, is about relationships going toxic, the lies we tell to avoid change, and the walls that we build that will ultimately, be torn down. This ain’t no date movie. Directed and photographed with precision by David Fincher, Gone Girl tells the tale of the handsome couple: Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), and the doll like Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), who we see meeting cute in flashbacks, and then to the present where she goes missing, apparently by way of some violent abduction. When the 2008 financial crash comes, Nick and Amy are hit hard. They decide to move back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri after his mother gets worse from the cancer she is fighting. It is very apparent that Amy will be a bit out of place; the cool city girl, now in middle of nowhere America.

Nick and Amy were living rather comfortably in New York City. He was a writer for a men’s magazine, and she, the daughter of rich parents who apparently write fictional stories of some sort where their daughter is the inspiration for this bubble gum happy character: Amazing Amy. Nick, is comfortable back in his hometown. He has a twin sister: Margo ( a very good Carrie Coon), and they decide to buy a local bar and run it. They are very close. Nick and Amy begin to grow apart. They are living in the same house, but he is increasingly going through the motions. For each year of their marriage, Amy has been playing a game of scavenger hunt where she leaves Nick clues in envelopes. These clues will become crucial as the story unfolds.Everything is game with them.

The film goes back and forth between past and present, filling in the holes and making new ones, as the mystery of what happened to Amy deepens. What is interesting about the film, is the way both Amy and Nick each narrate their side of the marriage, and where it went wrong. It is very apparent that all is not what you think on either side, and that is where the heart of this mystery lies. Who is lying about what? Fincher's pace is perfect, and this will have you engrossed throughout.

So, with Amy disappearing and Nick apparently the prime suspect in his hometown, and on national trash TV, Detective Boney (Kim Dickens), and her partner Officer Gilpin (Patrick Fugit), start to make frequent visits to the house to interview him on what he knows. I must say, that (Affleck) is very good as Nick, portraying him as an almost sedated and beaten down lug, who seems to be as baffled as anybody else as to the whereabouts of his wife. He is hiding something and the cops know it. We know it.

Amy is a mystery; not unlike her fictional character her parents have created. Who is she…was she happy…did she have any friends out here? (Pike) is also good as Amy: aloof, stunning, and untouchable in many ways. A dimwitted pregnant neighbor says she knew her well; much to the befuddlement of Nick who didn’t know she had a friend. When things get desperate, Nick hires a high profile, slick national attorney Tanner Bolt,(a very good Tyler Perry), who decides this is good case for him to take. As the national media, and the local opinions turn on Nick, things then get heated. A creepy ex-boyfriend/stalker Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris), also gets involved, and then things really get complicated.

As the film progresses, you will learn more about what has truly happened, and to say more would be wrong. I will tell you, that while I was entertained, and somewhat surprised by some events, the ending had me a bit let down. The big surprise, is not a surprise at all, once you know more about these two. Fincher has constructed a first class film with very good performances, but ultimately, the red herring script had me disappointed. it’s a big buildup that is really well done, but in the end…this movie is about: how shameless TV is, the fact we apparently want to see this crap, and the brutal venom directed square at a just about anyone in its sight. Well done, but I wont read the book.

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