Come home, Amy. I dare you.
SYNOPSIS: A man becomes the centre of an intense media frenzy when his wife’s disappearance brings his innocence into question.
FULL REVIEW: CONTAINS SPOILERS
Bits I Loved
- The premise was very intriguing to begin with as a psychological suspense thriller, but the story mixed with Fincher’s direction feels very Hitchcockian.
- The cinematography and editing helped accent the dark mysterious tone of the narrative. The editing between the present and flashbacks was very well done.
- The script was astounding, obviously given the fact that the writer Gillian Flynn also penned the script. She was able to do justice to her own book by writing the adaptation. In doing that the characters feel more real, particularly Amy. The dialogue in turn is great, Amy’s no nonsense attitude is a breath of fresh air.
- The score was perfect for the tone of the film. Eerily chilling yet instantly iconic.
- The cast and acting were phenomenal. Tyler Perry and Neil Patrick Harris did well in roles outside their comfort zones. Rosamund Pike gives her best performance to date, empathetic yet chillingly psychopathic. Frontrunner for the Oscar in my mind.
Bits I Hated
- The film seemed somewhat slow paced around the hour mark, HOWEVER, in retrospect it fits the suspenseful nature of the narrative. The slow nature of the film may cause some viewers to be discouraged and uninterested.
Gone Girl is a phenomenal psychological suspense thriller reminiscent of a lost Hitchcockian style. Gillian Flynn perfectly adapts her novel to the silver screen with a modern, paranoia-inducing story that David Fincher directs exquisitely. The cinematography and editing help accent the dark tone of the film coupled with the eerie and instantly iconic score.
The greatest part of the film, which is difficult to achieve with its unbelievable script, is the acting by Rosamund Pike. With her best performance to date she brings us Amy Dunne, an empathetic, intelligent and borderline sociopathic character that makes you both sob for her yet cringe at her actions. Such a wonderfully dynamic character.
There was nothing much that I could complain about this film although I find that a general audience of this century may find the narrative to drag a bit as little to no action happens through the second act of the film. However, that does not detract from the fact that Gone Girl is a brilliantly made film that deserves acknowledgement and should be a strong contender during Awards Season.
- Best Picture (Darkhorse)
- Best Director (Darkhorse)
- Best Actor – Ben Affleck (Unlikely)
- Best Actress – Rosamund Pike (Guaranteed)
- Best Cinematography (Darkhorse)
- Best Original Score (Likely)
- Best Adapted Screenplay (Likely)
1 = Fair 2 = Good 3 = Very Good 4 = Excellent
★★★★ – Premise
★★★★ – Story
★★★★ – Characters
★★★☆ – Visual Effects
★★★★ – Dialogue
★★★★ – Visuals
★★★★ – Soundtrack
★★★★★★★★★★ 10/10 – Recommend
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