2 October 2014

Author Alex Hannah

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Three years after his last feature, David Fincher kicks off this years awards season and returns with a carefully crafted multi-layered “whodunit” that commands the attention of the audience, nailing you to your seat.

Adapted for the screen by Gillian Flynn, the novelist behind the critically acclaimed source material, Gone Girl is a thriller shrouded in mystery that examines the lives of married couple Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) and the tumultuous journey Nick goes through as his wife disappears on the morning of their five year anniversary.

First and foremost, Gone Girl is a roller coaster of a film that has Fincher’s signature written all over it. Combining the best elements of his previous work, namely The Game (suspense), The Social Network (score) and Se7en (brutal reality), Fincher’s amalgamation of all the winning aspects of his back catalogue creates a chilling motion picture experience. 

Covering themes of dishonesty, psychosis and even the effects of the 2008 recession; Gone Girl covers its heavy topics with intricacy, balance and beauty as the stunning cinematography encapsulates the paranoia and entrapment felt by leading man Ben Affleck. As the narrative progresses, your allegiance darts from side to side as you navigate yourself through every twist and turn as you try to unravel the truth and work out what actually happened to Amy Dunne in the same way you try to decipher fact from fiction in The Game.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross return to handle the commissioned score that breathes the same intoxicatingly claustrophobic Missourian air that surrounds the characters of the film and augments the anxiety shot through Fincher’s lens flawlessly. Performances from all it's cast - which surprisingly includes Tyler Perry - are wonderful but are overshadowed by Rosamund Pike's exhilarating Oscar worthy performance. Pike's turn as "Amazing" Amy Dunne is a master class in acting as she commands the screen with compelling vigour and subtlety reminiscent of a hybrid between Meryl Streep and Anthony Perkins. Aside from the comparisons to the director’s past filmography, the picture as a whole is reminiscent of Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo. Fincher's handling and control of this tightly wound time bomb proves once more he has an eye for suspense akin to that of the great master himself that solidifies his name as one of the finest working directors of modern American cinema.

For those looking for a movie with grit, bite and substance, Gone Girl is a must see for anyone who truly appreciates cinema at its finest. Don’t miss out on catching this marvel on the big screen and make sure you bring a strong stomach and remember… “Marriage is hard work”.

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