By Craig Singleton (Wigan, England)
David Fincher is easily one of my favorite filmmakers and what he has done for digital cinema has been fantastic. He’s very detailed in storytelling and has set a high bar of how to shoot in video with visually stunning films like Zodiac and The Social Network. Gone Girl is his most daring, twisting film since his cult favorite Fight Club.
The story based upon the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn sees Nick Dunne return home one morning to find that his wife, Amy isn’t there. Nick, played by Ben Affleck calls the police because their coffee table has been smashed making him believe that she has been taken. The police treat it as a crime scene suggesting that his wife has been kidnapped. The next day, they hold a press conference to let the world know that Amy, played by Rosamund Pike is missing.
It’s difficult to speak of this film without explaining what happens, however I’m not going to release any spoilers. Gone Girl is such an interesting film for me as it crosses over six different genres. It starts off a crime and a mystery then a certain area becomes a melodrama. I didn’t think that David Fincher of all people would show melodrama and didn’t expect it to be written this way by Flynn. I’ve not read the novel so everything I saw on screen was unforeseen and for the most part, unexpected. The other three genres, I’m going to let you find out for yourself as it could spoil how the film plays out.
After not showing much emotion or anxiety for his wife’s disappearance, Nick is seen as the main suspect so he finds top lawyer Tanner Bolt played by Tyler Perry. He’s on a hot streak after winning cases that were near enough impossible to.
The acting was like glue as every actor held up and brought great personality to their roles. Affleck in the lead role had charisma and showed the audience that he has versatility. Kim Dickens who played detective Rhonda Boney was very believable in her role as she noticed Nick’s odd behavior when he’s put into the spotlight. Her character is very driven and believes that any small thing can lead to something bigger. Rosamund Pike was the star of the show for me as she had the hardest role to play. I believed that Nick would be the main focus, but the story is balanced between the two and showed Amy’s life before her disappearance. I’ve liked her in previous roles, but she should definitely get some recognition for her work here and I’m looking forward for when the awards season starts.
It’s some of Fincher’s best work for me in terms of the way he tells this story. His best feature is the way he creates multiple montages to give a faster pace and credit is due to editor Kirk Baxter as the film was pieced together in a brilliant way to make the two and a half hour run time seem quicker by moving from past to present in a smooth manner.
Gone Girl shines technically. All the angles given looked fantastic and the soundtrack similar to some of his other films changed levels as the story progressed. One of the best aspects of Fincher’s films is the sound-mixing and in Gone Girl, every scene amazed me.
My score for the film is 92%. Lowest mark for entertainment, highest for writing. It’s definitely not a straight-laced viewing as what you think is going to happen, doesn’t happen and what you think couldn’t happen, does. The story stretches itself so far beyond that I thought it would and I think it could be the film of the year so far. I recommend everybody to give this one a try.