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Gone Girl

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Director
David Fincher
Cast
Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike
Length
145 min
Music
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Producer
Leslie Dixon, Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon, Ceán Chaffin
Release Date
31st Oct, 2014
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Inox Vizag
Review

Verdict: Gone girl is dark at times but is still an interesting thriller and is also a satirical take on the current state of married life, modern media practices and police formalities. In spite of the missing logic on a few occasions, the movie has all the emotional content required to drag audience to the theaters.

Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, is in his sister’s Bar on his fifth wedding anniversary talking about his married life and his reasons for being far from happy with it. His sister seems to approve the same and shares a similar view of his wife. He finds out that his wife is missing on the same morning and the story of Gone girl begins. The film is about the whereabouts of his wife, a probable murder and the sequence of events that unfold during the investigation.

The film starts off a little slow and picks up pace as it progresses. The screenplay moves back and forth between past and present for the first half of the movie which introduces Amy Dunne, played by Rosamund Pike, and the probable reasons for her disappearing. Barring a couple of scenes which are predictable, the screenplay is gripping and keeps you thinking throughout. David Fincher narration of the story while he plays with our sympathy towards his lead characters is praise worthy. He chose to show Nick’s views in the present through scenes and voice-over by him in a few scenes and Amy’s views through a diary and the excerpts of the diary are read out aloud by the character. This is yet another interesting aspect where he uses the diary at a later stage and changes the thought process of the audience completely. Its things like these that keep you entertained and show the knack of the director in handling the film.

All the actors complemented the script and direction and that is another positive for the film. Ben Affleck as the clueless and not so bothered husband, is effective and brings in the required emotions to connect with the character. Rosamund Pike is apt as Amy or Amazing Amy should I say. While there is not much for her character in the initial part of the film, while the movie progresses, her role picks up as well and she delivers with ease. The support cast have also done a good job. Tyler Perry, as the confident attorney, nails it. Carrie Coon’s effort as Nick’s twin sister who completely devotes herself to her brother is praise worthy. Neil Patrick Harris as Amy’s ex-boyfriend peeps in with a good performance as well.

Fincher should have worked on reducing the length instead of being deliberately slow in a few scenes especially at the start. The movie which is at 2hours and 25 minutes could have been completed easily in less than 2 hours. However, flawless performances, some unexpected twists and turns, gripping screenplay and good direction make this intelligent thriller worth watching.   

 

Reviewed by Balu. P

 

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