Revenge is not so sweet –in simple words, that’s what summarises Gone Girl. For those who have read the book, you already know that this is a story of a man named Nick Dunne who suddenly finds himself in the center of media attention when his wife, Amy, goes missing on the day of their fifth wedding anniversary.
The plot soon thickens once Nick (played by Ben Affleck) calls the cops and soon discovers that his wife ( played by Rosamund Pike) has left him clues to find her. These are no ordinary clues as they are meant to serve multiple purposes as the plot unravels.
Ben Affleck (he needs to lose weight), Carrie Coon (Nick’s twin sister), and Kim Dickens (Detective Rhonda Boney) delivered noteworthy performances, but actress Rosamund Pike performed, probably, one of the best roles of her entire acting career.
Amy, played by Pike, is not your average Missouri wife. She’s a New York girl, a successful writer with diplomas from Harvard and Oxford. She’s also the child hero of a popular book series, “Amazing Amy”, written by her parents.
Pike, in my view, was the perfect choice to play Amy.
If you pay attention, Pike resembles the Truman Show actress, Laura Linney. Just like her, there’s a hollowness in her eyes, which gives her a crazed look and makes her a perfect choice for a Fincher thriller.
And no doubt, David Fincher gives you a nail-biting, ants-in-pants kinda thriller in his 149 minutes extravaganza. It reminds you of Se7en in parts, and it will make you remember Michael Douglas from The Game, a1997 thriller,and one of my Fincher favourites that kept me high-strung and waiting for Godot.
The movie’s long, but there’s not once a moment when you doubt the ability of the director to baffle you.
I use the world baffle because there’s only so much of domestic disharmony that you want to see on the big screen. But this is no Revolutionary Road (a great film, nonetheless).
What Fincher is trying to do is paint a not-so-perfect picture of conjugal bliss. He wants to kindle in you a feeling that vacillates between a state of delirium and a state of sanity. He brings to you reality, debauchery and fiction in one reel.
Fincher not only makes the audience a part of that media circus, bur also ensures that Nick and Amy’s story remind them of their own love story gone kaput. For some, it vaguely resembles the dark and disturbing past that they once had, and imagine what could have gone worse.
For the rest, it’s just Fincher turning Gillian Flynn’s bestseller into a cinematic masterpiece.