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Gone Girl (2014)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: David Fincher

Starring:
Ben Affleck/Nick
Rosamund Pike/Amy
Kim Dickens/Det Roney
Tyler Perry/Tanner
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PLOT-CRUNCH
When Nick Dunn (Ben Affleck) gets home on the day of his 5th wedding anniversary, he finds a busted up table and a missing wife; Amy (Rosemund Pike) that is. Eventually, Nick is considered the prime suspect by the police and the media as he tries to figure out what the bleep is going on. Is Amy dead? Was she kidnapped? Did Nick have anything to do with it? Strap on your seat-belt, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!
THE LOWDOWN
In my bubble of a world, it’s hard to go wrong with director DAVID FINCHER. Even is more subpar work (like ALIEN 3 and PANIC ROOM) has something unique and superior about it that makes it stand-out. In a rare move; I watched the trailer for GONE GIRL (I usually duck watching trailers – too many spoilers) and was underwhelmed a tad. Everybody and their uncle’s lap dogs were praising the film online and by the trailer I simply didn’t get it. I then tapped the second trailer and again it did little for me. But hey, it’s f*cking Fincher, so I had to check it out on the big screen and DAMMMMMM I’m happy that I did.

Based on GILLIAN FLYNN’s 2012 bestselling novel of the same name, clocking GONE GIRL was akin to being lost in a boobie-trap laced maze and trying to find my way out. Every time I’d decipher one of the film’s angles; it would gun out yet another crushing curve ball my way and slam me in the noggin with it. Engrossing and unpredictable were the words and me on the edge of my seat smiling like a banshee in heat was the result. You see, the story was told from two different point of views; Amy's and Nick's aka an he said/she said from hell and for the most part I didn’t know who the f*ck to believe. Eventually the narrative settled in on the truth, done playing mind games with me and took it all home with gusto, going much further than I thought it would. Now that I think of it; the film was very sly. It set me up for one movie and then sucker punched me and sent me to the mat with another one. I was floored as the end credits rolled. FLOORED! Man did that feel good!

Another aspect that made this sit down so enthralling was that I enjoyed it on so many levels. As a potent mystery, a loopy character study (our leads were draped in shades of grey, I dug that), a statement on the woes of marriage, specially during rough times (taken to extreme to make a point) and the people some “pretend to be” when entering a relationship. The flick also acted as a wise commentary on the “bad news” obsessed media who leech to people’s misfortunes and fabricate their own tales around them to sell their drivel to the masses i.e. sheep. Personally, I take every bit of news I hear in the media with a grain of salt (and don’t get me started on tabloids and garbage like TMZ), in my opinion, we are often being played like fiddles and it was swell too see a movie echo that. Finally, I surprisingly laughed a lot here. The film went so far with its chain of events that it became organically and bleakly funny. How’s that for a full meal?!

Needless to say Fincher’s visual style served this bitter celluloid pill well. I’m talking muted colors, some morbidly poetic imagery, an almost surgical approach to framing and an OCD like attention to detail that didn’t go unnoticed. What about the cast you may ask? Everybody was TOPS from our two leads to any side player you can think of. The film had a vast cast so let me focus on my favorites. Ben Affleck was likeable even when unlikeable as Nick Dunne. There’s was an everyman quality and an aloofness about him that appealed to me and of course confused me. On her end Rosamund Pike had “Oscar Nomination” written all over her. She gave a gripping and multifaceted showcase that had me riveted to her the whole way. Neil Patrick Harris (going against type), Carrie Coon (simply amazing), Kim Dickens (loved the shit out of her) and a very charismatic Tyler “I don’t know who David Fincher is” Perry all came in and displayed sturdy performances that classed up what was already a classy movie. Add to all that genius a sporadic yet visceral musical score by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, an effortless pace (even with a 2 hours plus run time)  and one gory bit that had my jaw drop and almost had me clapping as to how bold it was, and you get one BADASS  movie!

Any peeves? Not really. At first the final frames left me hanging and I was a tad let down by them. But as I was driving home and thinking about the whole she-bang I figured out what the ending was saying and realized just how earnest it was in relation to the rest of the film (and how it connected to the first shot of the movie). On the whole GONE GIRL was the tits! A fulfilling watch on every echelon: script, visual, audio, acting – this is what mature film-making is all about! THANK YOU! May I have another?
GORE
We get blood here and there and one very graphic moment that I won’t spoil. Just watch the film to know what it is!
T & A
Emily Ratajkowski went topless, Rosemund Pike gave us a quick glimpse of her butt and a side boob, while the ladies/gay dudes got Ben Affleck’s derriere, a flash of Affleck Jr and Neil Patrick Harris ass.
BOTTOM LINE
GONE GIRL was a film that I enjoyed on so many levels! It was a mind-numbing mystery, a shady character study, a biting social commentary (on the press, on marriage when the chips are down and the sheep mentality) and a twisted dark comedy. It sported a stand-out cast (Rosemund Pike blew me away) from its two leads to all of the side players, an edgy score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and once again Fincher’s visual style carried much impact and served the story well. Yes, the last frames kind of left me hanging at first, but after some thought; I understood what they meant and realized how honest they were taking into account the film that preceded them. David Fincher has done it again ladies and gents! GONE GIRL will for sure make the top of my 2014 Top 10 list.
BULL'S EYE
Abbie Cornish , Reese Witherspoon, Emily Blunt, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and more were considered for the role of Amy.

Actress Reese Witherspoon is one of the film's producers.

In a 2014 interview with New York Magazine Tyler Perry put his foot in his mouth saying: "I probably would have walked away from it. If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work, or if I'd known the book was so popular, I would have said, 'No.' And my agent knew that! He didn't tell me until after I signed on!" This dude lives in a coconut or something?
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1:26AM on 10/09/2014

Fantastic review of a fantastic movie

Really enjoyed your review and pretty much feel the same on all counts. I was a bit disappointed in the end as well as I sat in the theater trying to process it. Like you it didn't take me long to realize that it was the perfect ending for this movie and really it wouldn't have worked any other way (much as I'd wish for it). Fantastic performances by all and I can't wait to watch it again. I think I'll enjoy it even moreso, knowing what to expect this time. Definitely my top 4 Fincher, just
Really enjoyed your review and pretty much feel the same on all counts. I was a bit disappointed in the end as well as I sat in the theater trying to process it. Like you it didn't take me long to realize that it was the perfect ending for this movie and really it wouldn't have worked any other way (much as I'd wish for it). Fantastic performances by all and I can't wait to watch it again. I think I'll enjoy it even moreso, knowing what to expect this time. Definitely my top 4 Fincher, just not sure where it sits in those four.
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