Gone Girl (2014)

My Ratings: 4/5.

Filmmakers have always been sniffing around the subject of marriage; the advantages, disadvantages, compatibility, infidelity – all angles tried and tested.

And then there comes Gone Girl, a unique film that dares to skin the pretentious layers of a so-called ‘happily married’ life and disembowels the raw and ugly sentiments of a seemingly perfect couple.

Directed by none other than David Fincher, the master of thrillers and the director of films like Fight Club, Se7en, The social Network, The girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

So, the expectation was high but the film keeps its promise.

One fine morning Nick’s wife Amy goes missing; Nick calls the police and eventually the press to find her. But soon enough the poor husband, Nick himself becomes a suspect.

Is Nick as innocent as he claims to be? Is Amy alive? Or did Nick kill his wife?

Gone Girl is fast paced film that demands your full attention, a superbly crafted thriller that plunges into the depths of a psychologically twisted marital relationship of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike).

Brilliant performance by Ben Affleck but the real stunner is Rosamund Pike; she proves to be the perfect cast possible for the gone girl character.

Carrie Coon as Ben Affleck’s sister, Neil Patrick Harris as the ex-lover, Kim Dickens as the detective and Tyler Perry as the lawyer – all have done justice to their characters.

David Fincher’s team consists of his favorite cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth and editor Kirk Baxter, and also his favorite composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. And yes, they all have done their bits perfectly.

A disturbingly awesome suspense thriller that you shouldn’t miss.

In fact Gone Girl is not just a thriller but it mocks our current society. I think David Fincher through his film takes a dig at us, at out endless efforts to always present ourselves dignified and loved; our constant struggle to showoff an image of fake everlasting happiness.

Whom are we kidding?

‘Happily married’, ‘Perfect couple’, ‘Loving wife’, ‘Devoted husband’ – once you have seen Gone Girl these words won’t mean the same to you.

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