David Fincher is one of the directors that I stay updated with because he’s earned my trust. It took me a couple of weeks to get around to watching Gone Girl in the cinema, but I’d managed to avoid any real details about the film, and I feel this benefited it tremendously.
This movie is based on a book, and the basics of the story is that a man’s wife goes missing under suspicious circumstances, and the journey to the truth is pretty twisty turny. M Night Shamalan is a great example of how corrupting the search for plot twists can be. Nonetheless, David Fincher has proven in the past with The Game, and here with Gone Girl, that surprises and reveals can still be done well, and more than that, they can drive a truly brilliant movie.
Ben Affleck’s performance is great, but his superb acting has been somewhat, justly, overlooked due to Rosamund Pike’s truly amazing work in Gone Girl. She’s an actor I will be looking out for from now on.
To say that a movie left one thinking is somewhat overdone in reviews. However, with Gone Girl, I was made to approach topics in ways I had never even thought were possibilities. The very nature of relationships had been completely brought into question for me, and the reality of the ending was one with which I had a difficult time reconciling.
It’s been a few weeks since I watched this movie, and I still think about it. I hold it as one of the more interesting films I have seen, and one of my favourites of 2014. If my implicit recommendation has not been obvious enough, I will state it explicitly; you should watch Gone Girl.