Title: Gone Girl Director: David Fincher Year: 2014 Run time: 2hrs 29m
“On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?”
0:52 - “What are you thinking?” is a pretty standard marriage question. 3:25 - I like sister Margo. Great stories. 5:44 - Villainous chin! 11:00 - You know your house is too big when the cat has a room to itself. 18:20 - “Should I know my wife’s blood type?” Phew!! 26:33 - They set up a website already! Love the connected age. 31:21 - Ooh, now he’s hiding a clue. Spicious. 31:35 - This detective drinks a heck of a lot of coffee. 34:06 - Apple bags are not rubbish bags! 37:48 - Love the woman from Episodes. 41:55 - “I feel like something he loaded by mistake.” 53:13 - Ice cream for breakfast. 1:05:51 - The cop wtf’ed out loud. 1:09:02 - “You need to clean, poorly, like he would.” 1:21:24 - Realigning the public perception. Sounds like brainwashing! 1:26:57 - Great display of how twisted the media can get. 1:30:43 - Hinky. 1:42:51 - She really isn’t doing a great job of hiding herself. 2:01:45 - The camera doesn’t lie, it’s the person lying to the camera. 2:19:56 - She’s a complete raving lunatic.
I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a while but decided to hold off until I’d seen the film, just from a spoiler-free point of view. I had a previous book by Gillian Flynn though and knew it was probably going to be a bit darker than I might at first have thought.
I really liked the first half of the film. The psychological aspects, the mystery, the questions raised, the concerns with just the occasional glimpse of humour. A detective literally holding the first clue was pure genius! The acting was good, and the film very well made, although it had some typical Fincher fast-paced dialogue here and there.
The second half went downhill rapidly, I felt, and the ending left me dispirited and depressed. That they all just went along with it didn’t make any sense. That they would be bringing a life into this world felt wrong. Having drawn out the mystery for two hours, the next few months were all over in just a couple of minutes. The pacing was odd, and I switched off feeling unsettled and grumpy.