Sound Off: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Adaptation - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
October 3, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "I finally realized I am frightened of my own husband." Now playing in theaters everywhere is David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl, the novel by Gillian Flynn. In the film, Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, husband to a wife who has disappeared from a small town. Rosamund Pike plays his wife Amy, the one missing, but does she have something else going on or is it all the husband to blame? The cast includes Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Neil Patrick Harris and Emily Ratajkowski. So how is it? Better than the book or is it a disaster? How are Affleck & Pike as the leads? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Fincher's Gone Girl.
Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!
To fuel the fire, Gone Girl is another masterful film from Fincher that explores a darker side of society that few are brave enough to explore. He balances smart, intricate and gripping storytelling with dark comedy in addition to biting commentary on media and marriage. Above all, I think the film is incredibly intelligent, not only in the way it approaches the subject at hand but the way it hides so many nuanced thoughts and ideas inbetween the scenes. The two of the most interesting characters are Nick's sister Margo played by Carrie Coon and Nick's lawyer Tanner Bolt played by Tyler Perry. They both seem to be the most honest out of anyone in the film, and I'm intrigued by how the respond and what exactly they say. Great work, Fincher.
From my original NYFF review: "multiple viewings are necessary to delve into it further. There's so much more beneath the surface, so many scenes that have a powerful impact on their own that play even better within the context of the film. But each one is worth dissecting by itself. Rosamund Pike gives one of her best performances ever, and I've seen her in tons of films, as Amy Dunne – the incredibly complex women at the middle of everything. Ben Affleck is excellent as well, reaching depths with his character that few actors ever reach. The score from Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross drifts between the electronic psychosis Fincher prefers, and lighter romantic fare, but all of it works well in enhancing the atmosphere of the film."
What did you think of David Fincher's Gone Girl? Brilliant adaptation or misogynistic trash?
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Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
(NO spoilers in this post) Hitchcock is smiling from the grave. David Fincher's Gone Girl is the suspense thriller of the year. This is what a movie should be -- totally engrossing, gorgeous to watch and listen to, with stellar acting and an unpredictable story. The challenge after seeing it is to avoid spoilers. For that reason I can't say much. I also recommend earplugs until you do. If you liked Prisoners, you'll love Gone Girl. If you didn't like Prisoners, you'll love Gone Girl. It's got that same noir nailbiting tension with a much more intense, multilayered storyline. The work of twice Oscar-nominated cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (for both The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is as good as it gets. The score is simply breathtaking. Credit Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who also collaborated with Fincher on Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network (for which they won the Oscar). Gone Girl's slow burn pace forces them to maintain a calm, steady quiet roar throughout. I mainly see indies, and this is a Fox film, but it's got indie sensibility written all over it. It probably would have been if not for the names involved. It sounds cliche and I don't say this too often -- but I can't wait to see Gone Girl again. In fact, it demands a second viewing.
Larry Richman on Oct 3, 2014
Movie of the Year. Quite possibly the best movie in the last 5 years that I have seen. Simply awesome. Oscar Worthy.
tyban81 on Oct 3, 2014
While GG was great, it wasn't IMO the best of the last 5 years. You need to see more movies me thinks.
Sascha Dikiciyan on Oct 5, 2014
I see 2 to 3 test screenings a week. I know when I see a good movie. 99% of what I see is crap. And this is not crap.
tyban81 on Oct 5, 2014
AMAZING!!!! Having read the book and seen the movie, I have to say it was one of THE most beautifully shot, acted, directed, etc. movies I have seen in all of my life.
Urban James Kirk on Oct 3, 2014
This film single-handedly contained one of the most gut-churning, gruesome, and downright beautiful murder/death scenes I've ever seen in a movie. You know which one I'm talking about.
Josh Harding on Oct 3, 2014
Having not read the book I am basing my opinion on the film. It's another disappointing Fincher film. He is better than this, not a patch on Dragon Tattoo or the classics; Se7en, Fight Club and Zodiac. Its rather blandly shot and Affleck is very wooden and his character is non sympathetic. Pike is very good though and saves the film. It's overlong and has a very jarring turn when the only violent act is arrived at. I felt the film lost its way from there on and rushed to a very unsatisfactory ending. The minor characters are very minor and don't really add much.
Kenn Stewart on Oct 3, 2014
Disagree. You were not supposed to like Ben's character. He was supposed to be a douche. While i agree that its bland I still thought it was great!
Sascha Dikiciyan on Oct 3, 2014
How can a film be bland and great at the same time?
Mark Fuentes on Oct 5, 2014
Great movie. If only Doogie Howser wasn't cast.
Bryan on Oct 3, 2014
Ha! I thought you were going to say you didn't buy him as a straight man.
Larry Richman on Oct 4, 2014
I thought it was really good too. Ben Affleck was great, he fitted the role of a douche bag good enough. It wasn't an oscar worthy performance, but thats ok. I am little frustrated with the ending, but frustrated in a good way.
Rick on Oct 4, 2014
And holy shit, where has Pike been all these years?? Shes amazing and gorgeous!
Sascha Dikiciyan on Oct 4, 2014
In The Worlds End.
Xerxexx on Oct 4, 2014
In lots of movies 🙂 Pride & Prejudice, The Libertine, An Education, The Big Year, etc. But yes, agree she is amazing and gorgeous.
Elci on Oct 4, 2014
This was a masterpiece! I was blown away at how fantastic everything is in this film. The movie's message was extremely anti-marriage so expect Revolutionary Road style darkness and you'll love it just fine.
SkyNet300 on Oct 5, 2014
More proof that if any asshole that thinks Ben is a bad actor is completely brain dead. Seriously feel sorry for how stupid a person can be for not thinking he's damn good.
SkyNet300 on Oct 5, 2014
Great movie. Go see it!
Pocketdoc on Oct 5, 2014
The movie was great. I was upset with some of the information they left out from the book. In the book, I felt the relationship between Nick and Go was one of the strongest points. The movie really didn't do much with that relationship, comparitively.
DashSatan on Oct 5, 2014
The movie was fantastic. I did not read the book and stayed away from any review that might have spoiled it. Pike was incredible in the movie. Ben played the douche bag perfectly. Its was a masterpiece in editing and beautifully shot. But the best part that just put this movie over the top for me was the score. The music was incredibly creepy especially during the gruesome death scene. Holy fuck that scene was phenomenal. I loved it.
jimfromtoto on Oct 6, 2014
Great movie, but not on par with Fincher's greatest. Ben and Rosamund were amazing and brilliantly cast (specially Pike, what a powerful performance, so mesmerizing, beautiful, strong and intriguing). NPH shouldn't appear in this movie, I'm sorry, but the guy is not a good drama actor and I just can't disassociate him from Barney. And I would also prefer if Tyler Perry stayed away from my Fincher movies. Carrie Coon was great as well as the sister. The movie suffered from being too long, with too much exposition that didn't amount to anything significant, and could have packed a more powerful punch if kept shorter. I think the problem here was the script being written by the book author. From a purely directing/cinematography point of view, Fincher hits all the notes perfectly, there's no doubt that he is on the very top of the chain right now, the guy knows his art like no other. The score, again, a masterpiece by Reznor and Ross, Fincher is so damn lucky to have them on his team.
Ricardo_PT on Oct 6, 2014
Finally got round to seeing it. What a weird film. It was really dark, Fincher style, in tone obviously, but also because it was really visually in the dark. I disliked both of the main characters and found myself siding a bit more with Affleck as he wasn't as mental as his wife who was clearly a mad rich bint. Folk seem to quite enjoy stretched out misery, I thought it summed up marriage quite well.
Carpola on Mar 22, 2015
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