Thursday, September 25, 2014


By D.E.Levine

Having loved the best-selling novel from which this screenplay was adapted, I didn't know what to expect in the film but Gone Girl is a tense and absorbing melodrama.

Gillian Flynn, the novelist, was actually hired to write the screenplay and she did a good job in boiling the large, twisty bestseller into a tight film.  It never lags and that's partially due to the excellent directing by David Fincher as well as the brilliant casting.

Told from the point of view of both Amy Elliott Dunne's (Rosamund Pike) the disappearing wife's diary and the husband's, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) commentary, the story is basically about two successful New York writers who,  because of financial setbacks and Nick father's illness, relocate to a small Missouri town.

Bored and irritated, living a life they don't want in a non-personality home, the two soon get on each other's nerves and the marriage becomes grating and loveless, according to Amy's diary.

Nick arrives home on their fifth anniversary to find signs of a struggle and his wife missing.  Initially a sympathetic figure, and supported by his in-laws, his sister and the police assigned to the case.

However, the public opinion of Nick changes, as does that of his in-laws and others, as Amy's diary reveals that she was increasingly frightened of Nick and fearful of what he might do to her.  With the public turning against him, egged on by a sensationalist TV host, Nick is soon under suspicion for murdering his wife.

Pike and Affleck both give solid and believable performances, supported by other characters played by Missy Pyle, Neil Patrick Harris, Carrie Coon and others.

Time passes quickly the film progresses and even if you've read the novel, the film is so absorbing that it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Definitely worth seeing and probably an award contender, Gone Girl is a real entertainment.