Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit
Directed By: David Fincher
Written By: Gillian Flynn
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 2 hr 29 min
It’s going to be really hard to talk about Gone Girl without spoilers, but I promise I won’t give anything away. I can tell you Gone Girl is a very good film, and worth the price of a theater ticket. One that twists and turns in unexpected and exciting directions, supported by great performances from Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. It’s also meticulously directed by David Fincher, who takes Gillian Flynn’s adapted screenplay (from her own best selling novel), and crafts a moody intelligent mystery you could enjoy even after several screenings.
Gone Girl expertly plays with your assumptions, while presenting evidence through a news media filter, and directly to the audience. Characters in this twisted tale leave delicious clues for one another, and shocking developments throughout the film will keep you questioning who the guilty parties are, and even the crimes they’ve committed.
Gone Girl is also a story about a really dysfunctional marriage, and the kind of games you’d imagine wealthy highly educated people would play when they fall on hard times, and their perfect little worlds start to fall apart. For that reason, while I did ultimately ‘pick sides’, I can honestly tell you I didn’t care too much about the outcome. Because I couldn’t relate or care too much about the main players in this drama.
If you like a good mystery, then Gone Girl has plenty to offer. At two and a half hours, the movie might seem a little too long. But trust me, none of that time is wasted. The movie is rated R due to language, sexual content and violence.
Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, who has worked with David Fincher several times (Fight Club, The Social Network), again shoots a great looking film. This is accompanied by a great score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who also worked on The Social Network.) I would suggest you see this on a theater sized screen. At home, a HD screening on a nice big TV is recommended.
I really liked the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It sets the perfect mood for this twisted tale of marital dysfunction.