Film Review: Gone Girl (2014)


gone_girl_ver4Film: Gone Girl
Released: 2014
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Synopsis:
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.

What I thought of it:
Initially, I wasn’t particularly bothered about seeing this film. Oh, how wrong could I have been? Gone Girl is an astute study of manipulation, both of the media, and by a couple trapped in a now loveless marriage, with superb performances from the leads. In particular, Pike turns in a chilling portrayal of a wronged wife, while Affleck stretches his acting chops as the slightly unlikable husband, and Harris is, as usual, legen… wait for it… dary  as the slightly creepy ex-boyfriend.

There’s not an awful lot one can say without dropping the most terrible spoilers, but this is a tense and intriguing thriller showcasing the talents of the stars, which displays tight writing and the most terse direction. It’s well worth watching, just so you can try to work out what’s going on and stay one step ahead. If you manage to anticipate all the moves, well, then I take my hat off to you!

Rating: Like a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heavenLike a Star @ heaven
Pike has been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, and it is a nomination richly deserved, but I fear she’ll be pipped to the post by Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything, which looks set to sweep the boards this year. I am surprised, however, that it wasn’t nominated for Best Adaptation, as it might have been a shoe-in for that category.

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