Gone Girl

First post on this blog in the new year will be about Gone Girl simply because I cannot get over how much I like the movie ever since I watched it last week. Gone Girl is not entirely a popular hit among mainstream audiences in Malaysian cinemas (this is just my own assumptions) but I've seen about two or three posts made by friends on Facebook about this movie.

I've been wanting to watch Gone Girl ever since my sis showed me the trailer. I instantly knew it will be one of those movie that I will really like. What more when I found out that the director for Gone Girl is David Fincher, who also directed Zodiac. I think it's no coincidence that the Zodiac is one of my favourite movies as well so I really had high expectations of Gone Girl and was really excited for it to hit the Malaysian cinemas.

Warning: This post may contain spoilers.

Synopsis (taken from GSC Malaysia):
"Gone Girl" takes up the story of Nick and Amy Dunne's difficult marriage, which is floundering for several reasons. Nick, a former journalist of some seriousness, loses his job due to downsizing. In a somewhat desperate state of mind, he relocates himself and his wife from New York City to the small Midwestern town of North Carthage, Missouri, where Nick is from. There, he opens a bar, using the last of his wife's trust fund, and runs it along with his twin sister Margo. The bar provides a decent living for the three Dunnes, but the Dunne marriage becomes more and more dysfunctional. Amy loved her life in New York and hates what she considers the soulless "McMansion" which she and Nick are now renting. On the day of Nick and Amy's fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. Nick eventually becomes a prime suspect in her disappearance for various reasons: he used her money to start a business, increased her life insurance, and seems unemotional on camera and in the news. 

Sadly, the release in Malaysian cinemas which was supposed to happen in October 2014 only (finally) came to us last December. I guess they had issues with some inappropriate scenes. There were one or two minor sexual scenes which were totally unnecessary for me. Then, there were some gore but there was one scene that was critical for storytelling that you cannot simply cut so I think they took some time to think of ways to go around it for censorship.

So anyway, I finally had the chance to watch it. Gone Girl kept me at the edge throughout the whole movie. A truly good, and quality thriller would do that.

I absolutely love the storytelling style. I like the cinematography. The soundtrack was - wow! It did what a great soundtrack would do for a thriller - make your nerve wreck.


I thought Rosamund Pike did a really good job as Amy Dunne. Did I mention that I'm totally in love with her accent? She had some really brilliant, dark monologues which intensified the storytelling. Great stuff.


I was a little skeptical of Ben Affleck - well I was never a fan. But honestly, I also thought he did a pretty good job in carrying the character. 

My sister made this comment about the movie: That there's no really one character that you'll consider as protagonist, not really one character you want to support as a viewer.

Here you have an infidel who's trying to clear his own name. Then, you have a psychopathic wife who's doing all these crazy stuff to get back at her own husband. Don't forget the ex-boyfriend who's got stalker tendencies or the parents who used their own child for fame and success. Even Tanner Bolt, the attorney who was very supportive of Nick wasn't the greatest character because he's actually the "lawyer and mouthpiece for guilty husbands". Oh yes, there's also the two douchebags robbers that Amy met when she was on the run. I think the best "human" award goes to Detective Rhonda and Margo. Hands down most normal people in the show. 

Well yes, overall the show is quite morbid really. Friends will always eye me suspiciously for always being interested in morbid movies or shows (re: Criminal Minds). 

I'll rate this movie 9.5/10. Great directing, cool casts, wicked visuals and superb music scores. But above all, I think what made the film so entertaining and thrilling is because of the screenplay. I haven't read the book so I can't tell how accurate is the film adaptation of the book but since Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay as well, I'd say she knows what she was doing.


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