I enjoyed Gillian Flynn’s book. I look at it as a clever jab on modern views on marriage and media’s perception blended with juicy twist, thrill, erotica and heavy bombastic vocabularies. And ironically David Fincher is the right man to translate it into the big screen. Gone Girl started out fast, rough, picking sources left and right from the book. I felt as if I am reading it all over again but in a fast forward mode. However half an hour later I was completely immersed and in sync with the movie’s narration that it took me a minute to snap out of Fincher’s bubble and admire his handiwork!
Casting Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott is what one will call as unorthodox. Affleck will never be my favorite actor but he fits the bill as the cheating-husband-who-get-what-he-deserved-but-not-really. Where else, I’ve enjoyed several of Rosamund Pike’s earlier works, but her role as the “beloved” Amy is game-changing not just for her career but also for portrayal of female character in movies. Sure, some will label her as a misogynist, morally corrupt or just plain old psycho bitch. But it doesn’t mean that Amy is not a persistent, Einstein genius, confident and fascinating female character to watch.
Saying that, I feel the movie actually downplay both Amy and Nick’s character, but I have no complains since it still maintain the book’s psychotic spirit. The milestone Gone Girl have achieved in delivering a smart, dark and twisted thriller is irrefutable; as well as being David Fincher’s highest-grossing film in the U.S.
This marital thriller will be remembered as one of the best book to movie adaptations for years to come.
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