Gone Girl: Five Reasons You'll Love It
It’s been over two years since former Entertainment Weekly journalist Gillian Flynn released her novel Gone Girl. In that time, the novel has shifted over two million copies and spent countless weeks on bestseller lists across the world.
The book follows the disappearance of Amy Dunne, who vanishes on the eve of the fifth wedding anniversary to her down on his luck husband Nick. It’s been brought to life in millions of minds already, but now it’s finally time for the visual experience.
David Fincher, who brought us Fight Club, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Se7en, is behind the camera. A known lover of a twisty turny plot, this film, which is part murder mystery and part dark autopsy of a marriage, is classic Fincher. It’s dark and brooding, and it’ll certainly make you think about your own relationship.
It’s chillingly shot and it’s utterly thrilling, we caught an early screening and we’ve rounded up five reasons why we think you’ll love it (Warning! There may be sensitive information and spoilers past this point, you have been warned...)
Worried about the translation to the big screen? Don’t be…
If you are a fan of the book and were worried that the narrative, which is largely built around diary entries from Amy Dunne, would cause the film to feel disjointed and that there was just too much to fit into a comfortable sitting time without the plot feeling rushed…don’t you worry. With Flynn behind the screenplay she has streamlined her script so that all the elaborate and incriminating twists pan out in a timely and structured manner.
Ben Affleck is on top form
He might have been in the middle of bulking up for his appearance as the new Batman, but he plays ordinary, good looking, former journalist Nick Dunne with great aplomb. He is judged, he is hated, he is pitied by the characters and Affleck is not scared of being liked or disliked, he makes sure that the audience follows the changing perceptions of his character.
Rosamund Pike is chillingly brilliant
There was a bit of surprise when producers opted for Pike and not one of the massive Hollywood names, but, as David Fincher has done before with the likes of Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, he knows what he wants. For Amy Dunne’s character, Pike almost has to appear schizophrenic, embodying her former Bond girl icy coolness. It’s a performance full of calculated stares and manipulative smiles, as well as the ‘cool girl’ who is so friendly and happy as well as sympathetic to her husband’s feeling, ‘Amazing Amy’…the result is truly terrifying!
It’s full of very dry humour
To go along with the forensic unravelling of a couple’s marriage and an understanding of the depth of the betrayal between the characters, there is also plenty of dry wit and black humour. Almost like a coping mechanism, it gets the characters (and the audience) through the twisted story.
You won’t feel mollycoddled
In the book there are some scenes which you imagine as being rather graphic. This is David Fincher, we know he doesn’t hold back! Consistent with the graphic scenes in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Fincher pulls no punches. Put it this way, this film is R Rated for a good reason.
Gone Girl is released into cinemas on Thursday 2nd October.