Gone Girl

It is thrilling, it is slow, it has a non typical humor, it has a revenge mode and it has a mysterious feel. Gone Girl directed by David Fincher is a movie that combines all these flavors in a very unique way. With a concept that is really refreshing, Gone Girl is an exciting cinema.

It is about this couple Amy and Nick. They fell in love and decided to get married. The differences between them started to upset the relationship. And on the day of their fifth anniversary Amy goes missing from the apartment. The movie basically focuses on this missing part and the mysteries and agendas behind this.

Gone girl starts off as a drama focusing on the life of an unhappy couple. Slowly it becomes an intriguing thriller that starts to show glimpses of mystery to keep us interested. And after giving an emphatic build up to the female protagonist, the movie goes back to its hero. A large portion of the movie is this mind game between the lead pair. The events are narrated along with an underlying humor which reduces the tension in the script. After a while we as an audience will have a smile on the face to know what will be the next move from both ends. The methods are very much appealing and that climax scene has a bit of “dangerous” feel.

On screen Ben Affleck was good as Nick. The subtle changes of the guilty character were safe in his hands. More than Affleck it was Rosamund Pike who stole the show with her portrayal of Amy. The character has multiple tones and she has done her best to make it look natural even with physical transformations. Carry Coon, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens and many more actors are there in substantial character roles with good performances.

David Fincher once again creates a slow paced engaging film. I haven’t read the book, so I am not going to compare the script with the book. On the celluloid, it looked like a neatly constructed narrative that goes back and forth without creating much confusion. The whole master plan of Amy was a superb one and it really makes that character super powerful. Cinematography was good and the background music was also fitting.

Overall Gone Girl is a well constructed mix of different styles. The rating is 4/5 for this David Fincher movie. It is like an A R Rahman musical where you need to invest some time to enjoy it fully. The new technique to zoom in to irrelevant spaces on screen to avoid censor cuts is somewhat better than the usual style of abrupt cuts.

Final Thoughts


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.

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