Every once in a while a film comes along like GONE GIRL that grabs my attention and, better, keeps it. Typical of director David Fincher (The Game, Fight Club) to do this with a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel of the same name.
The surprise for me in this marriage gone bad story was the terrific acting by Ben Affleck as husband Nick Dunne. Nick comes home on the day of his 5th anniversary to find his wife Amy, beautifully played by Rosamund Pike, is missing. What follows is attention by the press because of “amazing” Amy’s fame. The media is suspecting Nick murdered her because of sociopathic tendencies. Amy’s ability to manipulate others to a kind of submission leads to some bizarre behavior. A couple of scenes for us were pretty rough to watch (blood and sex), surely not a surprise to those who read Flynn’s book.
“Misery,” my husband Mike whispered, “this is like Kathy Bates in Misery, quirky and suspenseful.” Misery was Stephen King’s 1987 psychological thriller and a 1990 film directed by Rob Reiner. Wow. In fact, Mike didn’t know it then but Bates won the Academy Award for Best Actress for that role. Pike may do the same.
I won’t be reading Flynn’s book even with some compelling comments from friends. Director Fincher’s style was my attraction to see the film. The movie had great casting and was riveting. That was enough “Amazing Amy” for me.
Gone Girl had a budget of $61 million and box office of $365 million and counting. The film received positive reviews with Rotten Tomatoes giving an approval rating of 88%, based on 280 reviews, with a rating average of 8/10. List of accolades received by Gone Girl (film). Regardless of the films wins or losses by the Academy, it’s a winner with its audiences.