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.
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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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