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MOVIE REVIEW – Gone Girl

| 13 November 2014 | Reply

MOVIE REVIEW – Gone Girl
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
By Melissa Harrison-Ward
9/10

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After seeing a preview for this movie way back at the start of this year, I have been waiting for this movie’s release, incidentally I also finally started reading the novel by Gillian Flynn last week after finding it in one of the many unopened boxes from our recent move and will give a review and comparative between the two in the coming weeks.

Gone Girl has been receiving a lot of attention since its release, both critical acclaim and controversy over some of the subject matter. David Fincher, of Seven, Fight Club and The Social Network fame, directs the movie, unafraid to challenge the audience both visually and in subject matter. With a cast of actors that put out stellar performances, this would definitely be in my top five movies of 2014.

For those who were thinking of avoiding the film for being a stock standard Hollywood thriller I would suggest putting those thoughts aside and giving it a chance. For those who have read the novel and don’t want to be let down by Hollywood, again I think you will be pleasantly surprised, although there are certain changes to the story (done by Flynn herself who also wrote the screenplay) it is close to the novel with certain changes solidifying its unique plot.

Set in Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River, Nick and Amy Dunne have been living a life in his hometown of North Carthage after both losing their jobs in the recession and Nick’s mother being diagnosed with and then dying of cancer. On the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick is called home by a neighbour noticing the front door wide open. A suspicious scene awaits Nick inside their home, thus setting forth on the mystery of what has happened to Amy? The movie plays out in both present day and through flashbacks by way of Amy’s diary and narrative. We see life for Nick and Amy before her disappearance, a relationship that starts off passionately, while as time moves on the actions and attitudes of both Nick and Amy lend themselves to what becomes a tense relationship on the brink of complete disrepair.

Much of what we witness implicates Nick having something to do with her vanishing, evidently supported by the present day investigation by the local police, played by the underrated Kim Dickens (Deadwood, Treme and most recently Sons of Anarchy) and a cynical Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous, White Oleander). The story twists and turns, with elements of what appear to be the cliché for a plot such as this, but the audience is lead on a journey that is far from the stereotype that has come before.

Affleck and Pike are superb in their roles with an outstanding supporting cast behind them. Thought provoking, you will be left contemplating your own relationships and what would you do in this situation. Yes, there may be some confronting ideas & images that made more than one person in the cinema noticeably squirm, however this movie is well worth the almost two and half hours viewing required.

Shane

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