I didn’t know what to expect from David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl. Fincher is one of those directors whose projects gets an instant buzz because his name is attached to it. With Ben Affleck’s role as Batman on the horizon, anything he does will also garner a lot of attention. The book written by Gillian Flynn is immensely popular and was my wife’s bedside companion.
The story follows Nick, played by Affleck and Amy, played by Rosamund Pike, who seem like a loving couple until their world is turned upside down by Amy’s disappearance. Nick, sympathy for the seemingly grieving husband, turns to disdain as he is accused of murdering his wife as the veil marriage shows anything but sunsets and rainbows.
Usually, when I watch a movie where the goal is to discover if someone did or didn’t commit the crime, I make my determination after a certain point in the film and stick to it. Not this time. The tension was so prominent that I was constantly flip-flopping on Nick’s guilt or innocence while sliding toward the edge of my seat, gripping the arms rests tighter and tighter as the film progressed.
I was completely engrossed with the movie except for one small moment where the actor who played Minkus in Boy Meets World appeared on screen as a police officer. There was nothing wrong with it at all, but it’s almost surreal that a film-going experience made me go from an intense and repeating inner monologue of “He killed her,” “He didn’t kill her,” to a sudden pit stop in Mr. Feenys’ classroom.
Rosamund Pike is my new favorite actress and should receive an Oscar nomination for her performance as Amy. I’m not saying anything else because doing so would need me to go into spoiler territory. Just take my word for it, she stole the movie, and I can’t wait to see what projects she works on next.
The basic principles of this concept have been done before. Still, Fincher did it in a way where every element was executed to perfection, and the nuances were pronounced in a fashion where everything meant something. Oh, and that twist was a doozy, to say the least. In my book, this was a great movie theater experience with a captivating story that kept me guessing at a feverish pace.