A Jaw-Dropping Drama | Review of ‘Gone Girl’

By: Cynthia Ayala

Gone GirlOn his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl is an incredible film that paints a story and just dives right into it.  The story was expertly written and constructed as it follows Nick Dunne as he comes home to his wife missing and the house in shambles.  This leads the police to pick away at his marriage and unearth the events that led to his wife’s disappearance.  This leads to the course the film takes and the style and direction of the film itself.  The film begins in one way, to tell a story and set it up to paint this marriage, to paint this connection between these two characters so that viewers can see just how far this marriage has fallen.  Going back and forth, between past and present, the movie continues to build in a marvelous way using misdirection beautifully.

As far as construction goes, the movie was put together and written in amazing ways to keep the viewer attached for over two hours.  This is a long movie with no action, but the pace and the way the story unfolds keeps the audience hooked.

That being said, it wasn’t just the writing and story that made the movie so amazing.  Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are stars who capture each other perfectly.  These two actors connect together and have the perfect dysfunctional relationship.  The angst, the mystery and the hate create and unyielding power together that make them forces to be reckoned with. And with a secondary cast filled with the likes of Tyler Perry, there’s no going wrong.  The relationships are believable, the casting simply perfect.  Each actor captures who their characters are and make them their own.

Final diagnosis: Gone Girl is a jaw-dropping film that will push you to the edge of your seat.

Directed by: David Fincher

Screenplay by: Gillian Flynn

Based on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Starring: Ben AffleckRosamund Pike, Neil Patrick HarrisTyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitCarrie CoonDavid Clennon

Genre | Rating | Length: MysteryCrime drama, Thriller | R | 2 hr. 29 min.

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