Monday, 6 October 2014

Gone Girl (4/5, Good)

Anyone who already saw a David Fincher film knows that it won't be soft. He likes to tell twisted and dark stories. You thought that Gone Girl was an exception? You're wrong.

What's the story then? On the day of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) finds his home vandalized. Front door open, a broken glass table, suspicious red stains on the wall and his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. He calls the police and an investigation is led by detective Rhonda Buney (Kim Dickens). Whilst a media fuzz around this disappearance entertains America, suspicions with Nick's innocence arouse. Did he kill his wife? What happened to her? The answer to those questions will reveal more than anyone could ever imagine.

The narrative is efficient at manipulating the viewer. We ask ourselves many questions and Fincher knows how to play with us. He is taking us through a dark path and doesn't hesitate to make us feel uneasy and lost. That is definitely the strongest pillar of this film. The soundtrack, marking the third collaboration with Trent Reznor (NIN) and Atticus Ross, is also to be praised for.

The story, despite many flaws, achieves to grab elements relative to a Fincher's film: characters who wonder if they live in a dream or a nightmare, deeply rooted impulses which takes over rationality and 'outsiders' who aren't able to integrate to society. The concept of 'outsider' as someone who plays with norms and accepted social behaviors is a constant in a Fincher film. If in Fight Club consumption society and individualism was put into criticism, here the Media and information are targeted.

We recommend the film, especially if you are Fincher's fan. Red Curtain Cinema assures you strong emotions and suspense. However it does not reach the level of powerful films such as Fight Club or The Social Network. In addition to this, this is definitely not a dating movie. Au revoir! 

Movie trailer

1 comment:

  1. Interesting review! I though Gone Girl was more gripping than the Social Network though...!


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