From the crazy eyed view of director David Fincher and 20th Century Fox comes a twisted thriller when everyone is looking for GONE GIRL.
On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) leaves his home and goes to The Bar to meet his sister Margo (Carrie Coon). Talking over life and the weirdness of marriage, their conversation is interrupted by a call from the neighbor – Nick’s cat is out.
Getting home to take care of it, Nick walks in to discover their living room covered in broken glass and in disarray. Looking for wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), he roams the house and finds no sign of her.
Immediately he calls the police and Det. Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) arrives along with Officer Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit). Looking over the house they finds small signs that Amy might have been kidnapped.
Now the town comes together to find Amy as her parents Rand and Marybeth rally around Nick. The flyers go out, the posters are up and television personalities all weigh in on what has happened to Amy.
But not everything is as it seems, not all marriages are as they seem and the person you said ‘I do’ too can be a total stranger – or just strange.
FINAL WORD: Affleck as Nick is a guy playing both ends against the middle. Living a life that is crazed with lies and twists can just get down right exhausting and Affleck keeps up the pace. I actually enjoyed watching his portrayal of Nick especially when it came time to bob and weave his stories. That is about all I’m going to say in regards to his character because I’m not a spoiler so neener neener.
Pike as Amy is lovely and deadly. There is something about Pike that is perfect for this role with her ability to have nothing in her eyes. There is a blankness and detachment are scary and when you see that on the screen – back up slowly because things are about to get a little crazier than they already are.
Dickens as Det. Boney is actually someone I’d like to have on my side. She is clever, observant but then again she hasn’t come across a case like this in her career. Fugit as Gilpin is a great sidekick to Det. Boney with serious one-liners and suspicions of his own.
Harris as Desi has a small role but it comes with an amazing twist and anything NPH does works wonders for me! Perry as attorney Tanner Bolt comes in fast and hard as a smooth talking energized law man who defends Nick, but does he need it? Coon as Margo is the sister we all want. She doesn’t judge Nick but instead stands by him no matter what comes up or how bad things look.
Pyle as television ‘Nancy Grace’ type character does a hilarious job and I had to put that in print!
Other cast include: David Clennon as Rand Elliot, Lisa Banes as Marybeth Elliott, Missi Pyle as Ellen Abbott, Emily Ratajkowski as Andi Hardy, Casey Wilson as Noelle Hawthorne, Lola Kirke as Greta, Boyd Holbrook as Jeff, Sela Ward as Sharon Schieber, Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt and Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give GONE GIRL three and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. The story unwraps slowly telling both sides of the marriage with secrets and lies. Throughout the entire film it became a game of who-did-what-to-who and who was worse for it.
By the films end the viewer has been completely put through the ringer and just when you can’t take anymore – tough noogies! Until the very end Fincher makes it quite clear that HE will decide when you’ve had enough.
Coming in at 149 minutes I am just going to say it – cut about 20 minutes and I would be happier. I know director Fincher is known for his lengthy story telling and it’s not a bad thing, just horrible if you happen to be sitting in less than comfy seats.
The Affleck and Pike carry this film to its conclusion and I’m sure there will be nods come award time for both of them. The story is a dark tale and a reminder of how little we actually know one another.
In the end – you don’t know what you’ve got till…..