Stop me if you’ve heard this before…..
But seriously, if like me you don’t get to the movies every week, and are thinking about what to see over the holidays, you can’t go wrong if you chose GONE GIRL.
David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” is based on a book of the same name by Kansas City native Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the movie’s screenplay. Its subject is the suspicious disappearance of a young married woman, Amy Elliott Dunne (played by English actress Rosamund Pike) on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband, Nick Dunne (played by Ben Affleck), is a seemingly good guy who is stunned by the event. Soon, however, clues surface that hint that things may not be what they seem, either in the Dunnes’ marriage or in the circumstances surrounding Amy’s turning up missing.
Suddenly the perspective changes in a jolting fashion, with everything you’ve started to believe about the characters flying right out the window. Fincher’s masterful directorial force kicks into overdrive, as it did in his earlier films, “The Game” and “Social Network,” aided this time in no small part by the musical score of Trent Rezor and Atticus Ross. Once that happens, I guarantee you that no one will leave the theatre. You’re hooked!
There have been long discursive reviews of this movie, pondering what it says about the state of contemporary marriage or if it’s post-feminist in its attitude towards women. Even more tedious are the disquisitions on whether the movie’s plot is “post-modernist” or whether it really is “meta” (teen-speak for self-referential).
Forget all that. Just focus on the following reasons to see the movie: Continue reading