“Gone Girl” –Fast and Furious

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Probably the blockbuster film of 2014, “Gone Girl” has received both critical praise and Oscar buzz since its debut on October 3.

Sometimes, while bringing a book to life in a movie, a lot is lost in translation—-not in this case. Both the book and the film are so damn good, perhaps because the extraordinary author, Gillian Flynn, is also the screenwriter and she knows what is an essential distillation of the narrative.  Gone girl 2

 

 

The movie is a fast-paced dark and dangerous ride directed by the remarkable David Fincher (“Social Network”, and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”). Like the novel, the film leaves you questioning how well you truly know those around you, perhaps especially the person you married. Are there secrets you may never know? Marriages can hide a lot when everyone is watching. “Gone Girl” is about concepts of masculinity and femininity, our ideal partner, the one we fantasize about, not settle for, and most devastatingly, about the compromises we sometimes make. In the case of the marriage between Nick Dunne (a not-so-different role for Ben Affleck) and Amy Elliott Dunne (the impeccable Rosamund Pike of Masterpiece Theater acclaim) the power game is a withering and frightening cat-and-mouse game literally turned into a blood sport.

Every character was cast almost perfectly. The acting keeps you engaged at all times–wondering, could this really happen or is it too preposterous? The music—-very eerie, contributed to making the suspense even more chilling.

See this movie.

3 comments on ““Gone Girl” –Fast and Furious

  1. I just talked to another person who saw this movie. She wondered if there were people who actually were like that in the “real” world. I certainly hope not, but I know extreme manipulation in an intimate relationship (like this film/book) can drive one to extraordinary behavior (both in the submissive and controlling roles.)
    The acting was great by each character – each played to the audience in sympathetic and well as offensive personalities. ” The acting keeps you engaged at all times–wondering, could this really happen or is it too preposterous?” – Diana, you are spot on!

  2. Hey Cool Girl.
    I loved that speech she (Amy) gives. I love the audience baiting. I loved the shock felt in the pit of my stomach. I agree… must see.

    (the morphed one)

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