David Fincher has always been one of my favorite directors, from Se7en to Fight Club (which ranks in my top ten favorite movies of all time) to Zodiac and The Social Network, needless to say that Gone Girl was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and it did not disappoint. Gone Girl is one of the best movies of 2014 so far and if anyone had any doubts about Ben Affleck as Batman, this movie will certainly change their mind.
On the day of their fifth anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) finds that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. As his strange behaviour and evidence mounts against him, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance and also draws the worldwide attention of the media.
Like I already mentioned, Gone Girl is one of the best movies of the year. It’s a slow burn, and it takes it’s time to develop its characters. There are numerous twists and turns throughout the film that keep you guessing until the film’s finale.
David Fincher once again proves that he is one of the best filmmakers of his generation. Every shot is perfectly framed and the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. The attention to detail in this film is phenomenal. This is without a doubt one of the best looking films of 2014 by far. He will probably be nominated for best director and Gone Girl will probably nominated for best picture as well, I am certain of it.
Ben Affleck is incredible as Nick Dunne, and as a viewer makes you question whether or not he is responsible for the supposed murder of his wife. He’s proven time and again that he has completely changed his career and I cannot wait to see him as the new Batman.
But the true credit goes to Rosamund Pike, who gives the best performance of her career and the best female performance of any movie so far this year and will without a doubt get nominated for best actress. She steals every scene she’s in, and you never quite know what her character is capable off.
Neil Patrick Harris was perfectly serviceable as the man who has been obsessed with Amy for twenty years as his character provides a bit of a discomfort nature to Rosamund Pike’s character.
Tyler Perry is actually surprisingly great as Ben Affleck’s lawyer and provides some very funny moments and I couldn’t anyone else playing that character, which is a huge positive for me.
There’s also a good amount of humor and dark comedy sparkled throughout of this film which gives it some cheerfulness and levity that you wouldn’t expect from a David Fincher movie.
The problems rely mostly in the last act, which is a bit questionable and doesn’t quite add up. The characters make illogical decisions that they wouldn’t have made prior to the film’s finale. Gone Girl is a movie that is mostly grounded in reality and the ending sort of throws out all that logic and authenticity out the window. It doesn’t make much sense, and although I was fine with it, it certainly could have been improved. I have not yet read the book, but the ending was indeed changed for better or worse, by David Fincher and the author, Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is perhaps a tad bit too long, but never becomes boring or predictable. It keeps building the suspense and as the tension mounts you become completely engrossed in the film.
Overall, while the ending is a bit farfetched and questionable and the film is a bit overlong, Gone Girl is nevertheless splendidly directed, constantly engaging, superbly acted by its main leads and continuously surprising, which makes it one of the best movies of 2014.