By Amy Chen ’15
In 2012, writer Gillian Flynn blew everyone’s minds away with her sickening, twisted novel, Gone Girl. This October, the novel’s movie adaptation has finally been released, and it has defied the common belief that movies based off of novels are disappointing failures.
Gone Girl tells the story of a married man, Nick Dunne, portrayed by Ben Affleck, who is under investigation for his wife’s disappearance. His wife, Amy Dunne, portrayed by Rosamund Pike, tells her story about her marriage to Nick by reading her diary entries throughout the movie.
Lasting for almost three hours, the movie successfully engrosses viewers with Rosamund Pike’s outstanding acting, grotesque and chilling scenes, and great directing by director David Fincher.
Although Ben Affleck is a great actor, his performance in Gone Girl was not very impressive. He played the role of Nick in a sufficient manner, but it was his onscreen wife who stole the show. Many have not heard of Rosamund Pike, and it is safe to say that Amy Dunne was a breakthrough role for her.
Pike is able to portray all sides of Amy Dunne with full confidence. Starting off as a beautiful, sweet, and intelligent woman, Pike led everyone to think that she was strong and righteous. She then goes on and tells her story of being a victim in her marriage with Nick, thus reflecting a vulnerable side to her perceived tough exterior.
Pike is able to transition from a smart, independent woman to an insecure individual. It is her voice and storytelling talent that makes her acting extremely believable. This transition also has the whole audience supporting Amy throughout her journey. Pike then undergoes another transition that surprises the viewers even more. It is amazing to see Pike be able to act out the many changes that her character goes through.
Gone Girl probably has one of the most eye-catching yet disturbing scenes. An example would be the murder scene. A man’s throat is slit, and blood starts to gush out immediately. A wicked look is etched on the murderer’s face as she smears the blood of her victim all over herself. It is a simple but powerful scene that notably garnered the biggest reaction from the audience.
The scene was also directed in a great manner; the camera captured every angle of the murder, making the scene more exposed, as well as enabling the audience to get every detail and glimpse of the profound grotesqueness.
Director David Fincher masterfully includes scenes where Amy is writing in her diary as she speaks. It helped to create a warmer feeling for Amy, thus making her a more appealing character. Since movies are never as detailed as the book, the director also made a good choice in creating many flashback scenes. These scenes were cardinal for providing more details and insights about Nick and Amy’s relationship.
Overall, this film was put together very well. It portrays the plot twists in a way that does not seem possible, and is very captivating with its unique cast and effective directing. Tech students can definitely enjoy watching this movie that examines the complexities of marriage, perception, and personal struggles.