I honestly don’t know what to say about this movie. It is fantastic, but it’s messed up. I love Fincher and ‘Gone Girl’ is no exception to his excellence but I just can’t quite put my finger on what it is I love about this film. I find the insanely twisted story so enjoyable. It’s certainly one where you constantly want to know more of what’s coming, and also the reasoning. Everything is handed to us on a plate with this movie and we are asked to try and decipher all of the finer details for ourselves. I love it. I try my best to avoid crediting great acting where I can but I must admit, the leads in this (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) has incredible energy together. Their characters bounce off of each other and put us in for such a long, winding journey of their mystery. I can only say that I can’t wait to rewatch this movie because it did nothing short of impressing me. One more thing I must add is that this movie is seriously dark; sinister to an extent. There are things that occur that I just can’t quite comprehend as to how much hatred there must be between two people for it to happen. Oops, there’s meant to be no spoilers… I’m not really giving too much away, it’s quite indicated in the title that it’s about someone who has ‘gone’. Anyway, as far as modern movies go, I think that this was a harsh shift backwards to a seriously dark movie. There was no glow-up of character, something that reminded me of a Nolan feature. However, I must admit, the story is leaps and bounds ahead of it’s time in the genre and something that I hope to see more of.
Now, let me get to it. ‘Gone Girl’ is magnificent. I don’t actually understand why it isn’t talked about more. If anything, it should really be up there with some of the best of this last decade. Some other classics from Fincher like ‘Se7en’, ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Fight Club’ all have so much variety to them, so many drastic differences. I’d be lying if I said anything different about this movie. It is a step away from everything else around it, and that’s what really separates the good films from the best films. No matter how familiar it may appear, the best have something new or original. ‘Gone Girl’ is exactly this, but not just glimpses; from start to finish. This is a story that was crying out to be told and I am so glad it finally was. I am also glad that I waited to see it as I feel as I would have been too young to really appreciate this when it came out. However, look six years later, a twenty-year-old me is seriously impressed by this brilliant film.
Duration: 2h 29 mins.
Release: 2 October 2014 (UK).
My Rating: 8.7/10