Gone Girl Movie Review

Gone Girl Movie Review

gonegirl film posterBased on a novel by Gillian Flynn by the same name, Gone Girl is a movie with a lot of twists and turns. As an audience, we feel rather unstable when it comes to our sympathies with the lead characters Nick played by Benn Affleck and Amy by Rosamund Pike.

Running for 2 and a half hours, the movie begins with Nick Dunne, owner  of a local bar, who returns to his rather luxurious Missouri house on his 5th anniversary to find his house has been quite theatrically violated. The front door is open; a glass table is overturned and smashed and his wife, Amy is  missing. Arriving at the scene, detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens, senses something is amiss.

Amy immediately turns into a media darling whose  disappearance is heavily covered because she is the daughter of writers who penned her as the protagonist in a string of “Amazing Amy” children’s stories. In the ensuing media frenzy, an incriminating diary is found of the missing wife, Nick is found to be having an affair,  and not-so-perfect financial details come to light that cause the media to start suspecting Nick to be Amy’s killer. His awkward behavior further earns him the tag of a psychopath.

During this time, we are provided flashes of the past through Amy’s diary. It gives an account of their entire relationship from when they first met at a party to the day before she went missing. This shatters our notion with every scene, making our loyalties fluctuate alongside. Eventually, Nick hires an expensive and renowned lawyer (Tyler Perry) to get him out of the mess.

Half murder mystery, half social satire, Gone Girl opens with Nick wondering: “What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other?”, and then  refuses to answer any of those questions. One thing you can expect from this movie is that no one is as they seem, and everyone is playing a calculated role, their true selves hidden below several layers of lies and deception.

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