Gone Girl is not the first novel adaptation that Hollywood director David Fincher has done, but it’s certainly one of his best. It’s based on Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel has taken audiences by storm and is now the top of the UK and American charts. There’s no surprise doing so well with stunning performances, a fabulous score composed by Trent Reznor, a gripping plot and beautiful cinematography that would impress any critic. Fincher has combined these elements to make a thrill ride of a film.
The plot is told in a complex way using a non chronological structure and flashbacks to fill in the gaps. The flashbacks here often include diary snippets from Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) perspective. Later on in the film, the diary entries act as a powerful tool that emerge an inner conflict in the audience as to what their opinions are on the main characters and the narrative that surrounds them. No matter how conflicted the audience might get regarding what is thrown at them on the screen, everything is cleverly sewn together at the end.
Fincher’s direction in this film completely enhanced the plot. His casting team made an excellent choice with Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck. The two have perfect chemistry on screen when portraying an exotic love story but also presenting conflict in the marriage. Pike’s performance however, is easily the most memorable. She was just so charming, yet wicked. Supporting actors such as Carrie Coon shined through also and showed her importance strongly in the plot.
Trent Reznor produced a beautifully haunting soundtrack that fits perfectly with the dark tone and intensity of the film. In some places it’s reminiscent of horror soundtracks. The terrifying music featured here is utterly appropriate as there are some scenes that are unbearably suspenseful. Shady lighting matches the dark tone created by the score. The cinematography is cleverly constructed with close ups especially present as they help to reveal characters true thoughts and feelings on a certain event. It also makes the audience feel claustrophobic.
Gone Girl is one of the biggest films of the year. It is so powerful in everything that it is trying to say about the media, marriage and the economy, as well as treachery. No doubt that if you see this, it will stay with you for a long time.