Natalie Kfoury – Editor-in-Chief
“Gone Girl” is the one of the best films to hit the theaters in a long time hailing from the book of the same name. The reason for “Gone Girl’s” success is that it is an utterly addictive story that pulls you in from the start with characters that you’re never 100 percent sure about and has a plot with more twists and turns than a roller-coaster.
“Gone Girl” was adapted into a film by Gillian Flynn, who wrote the book and was directed by David Fincher (“Fight Club,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”). The pairing is perfect. Flynn’s adaptation is faithful to her book with additions to the film that help expand the already creepy and addicting plot. Fincher’s eye for beautiful lighting, expert camera work, and strong direction make “Gone Girl” come to life in the best way possible.
It’s hard to write about “Gone Girl” without giving too much away. The basis of the story is that Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) Dunne have been married for five years when Amy disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Nick returns home to find the living room in shambles and his wife simply gone. But nothing is simple in this story as the history of their relationship unfolds with the search for Amy.
Soon, Nick finds himself the number one suspect and an enemy in the public’s eye when Amy is believed to have been murdered. The audience travels along with the characters of the story, constantly wondering where Amy is, what happened to her, who is to blame, and what turned a once idealistic, seemingly so perfect relationship so toxic.
“Gone Girl” is strong throughout due to its excellent cast, writing, and direction. Affleck and Pike shine in their roles. It is almost like the characters of Nick and Amy were written for them. The supporting cast is also captivating with Carrie Coon as Margo, Nick’s twin sister; Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney; Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt; and Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Colligs, Amy’s ex-boyfriend whose character provides depth to the story.
Although I had read the book multiple times before seeing the film, I was clinging to the edge of my seat the entire time. The changes made to the film enhanced the story, especially in the story’s third part, as this was a section of the book that felt rushed and too short. I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, if possible, so that you can appreciate the changes made and know what you’re getting yourself into.
“Gone Girl” is a story that captivates the viewer’s entire mind and will stay with the audience long after the final credits roll. The acting makes the already strong story all the more powerful and leaves the viewer questioning all things love, betrayal, and whether or not they truly know not only their significant other (current or future), but whether or not they know themselves.