Rosamund Pike is electric in Gone Girl.

Gone Girl

BY STEVEN PANZARELLA (@PROCREATESTEVE)

The Short-David Fincher takes an already brutal story from Gillian Flynn and creates a masterfully done modern day horror film. Flynn's script provides some twisted storytelling along with enough dark laughs. In a momentous performance, Rosamund Pike gives a stirring look into a very dark soul with glances and moments that will stick with you long after the credits roll.

In 2007 David Fincher made one of my personal favorite crime dramas with Zodiac, It's a movie I have watched over a dozen times. Fincher builds on the tension he created in Zodiac and The Social Network with an expansive and totally enthralling drama about a marriage gone awry. Fincher builds the tension even as the author Gillian Flynn's script melds a dark gallows humor along with the murder mystery, and for the first half of Gone Girl it is a spectacular film, it's only when Gone Girl hits the halfway mark that it takes a sudden and beautiful change from murder mystery to full on horror and probably one of the better horror films you will see in recent memory. The change is so sudden and so severe that once it happens, once the twist is revealed you start to tense up a little and as soon as you start waiting for Fincher and Flynn to deliver that knock out blow to your senses the duo have you exactly where they want you. Once those twists occur(and there are multiple) each one hits you harder until the final masterstroke, and that finale is a total knockout. 

Gone Girl follows Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) an out of work writer whose wife Amy Elliot Dunne (Rosamund Pike) is reported missing on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. The Police investigation into Amy's disappearance proves that more sinister motives could be at work and the media frenzy puts Nick at the top of everyone’s list of suspects. If I were to go into any other detail about Gone Girl it would border on spoilers and that is the brilliance of David Fincher and Gillian Flynn's film. Fincher provides an uneasy feeling throughout the film along with the score by Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross whose score stays in line with the film, early on the music is easy and light but as Gone Girl moves forward and the film’s intensity grows that easy soft stuff disappears and is replaced with a darker more unstable score until the films climax and bloodiest, most shocking sequence feels almost Hitchcockian, as if Fincher asked Ross and Reznor to take a clue from Psycho.

Ben Affleck in his best role in years as the embattled husband accused of killing his wife in David Fincher's Gone Girl.

Fincher's direction, Flynn's Script and the score are all beautiful but nothing compares to the performances given by Rosamund Pike, and Ben Affleck. Pike at times as the sometimes amazing other times cruel Amy needn't utter a word, all she does is give glances, nervous stares and a diabolical loneliness that makes you feel for her and then fear her within moments. You can't describe or compare her performance to any others without reaching some form of spoiler but Pike gives a performance that will stick deep in your brain long after the credits role. Affleck's Nick gives the exact opposite performance; Nick is an easy going, temperamental man who comes off mostly as a disingenuous jackass. Affleck plays it perfectly, he remains almost passive to his wife’s disappearance, his secrets are big ones and while never outright stating it there are moments in the films first half that make you think maybe Nick Dunne actually killed his wife. Affleck may not be Oscar worthy but in this role he is damn near perfect, giving his best performance in years. The movies supporting cast adds to the tension with major roles going to Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's creepy former flame Desi Collings, Tyler Perry as Nick's larger than life defense attorney who is one Oscar moment away from stealing the show, Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) plays Nick's twin sister and maybe the most relatable member of the ensemble, Kim Dickens (The Blind Side) and Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) play the officers investigating Amy's disappearance and both are particularly good.

It's hard to compare Gone Girl to anything I've seen in recent memory, it may not end up being the year’s best picture but it will certainly stick with you, filled with memorable performances and being one of David Finchers (The Social Network, Seven, Zodiac) best films, Gone Girl is one of the first must see films of the fall.

Grade- A+

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Posted by Rose on
Marguerite Yourcenar wrote long ago that the mask, given time, comes to be the face itself. This can work for good or bad, but the more huoedis the secrets, the more carefully that mask is constructed. So what if you discovered after five years of marriage that you'd only seen the mask, and never the real face of your spouse? Once those dark truths were revealed, could you stay married to that person?Knowledge is power, and never more so than in an intimate relationship.What if your spouse knew you so well that they could anticipate your behavior in any circumstance, and thereby manipulate you without your realizing it?Gillian Flynn takes the common marital concerns about money, in-laws, and parenthood, and turns them into toxic waste in the case of Nick and Amy Dunne. Amy is revealed through her diaries, and Nick narrates his experiences as he follows the clues in the anniversary treasure hunt laid out by his wife before she disappeared. Did Nick kill Amy? A lot of people think so, but her body hasn't been found. Is Amy still alive? What was lurking beneath the surface of their marriage?GONE GIRL is a thriller, but it's a slow burn. Flynn strings you along. She doles out just enough information to make you think you've figured things out before she hits you with another GOTCHA! revelation that changes everything. And she saves the biggest gotcha of all for the end, which is shocking in its subtlety. The way the story ends puts the final seal on what a truly sick relationship Nick and Amy had.The path is twisted, disturbing, and sometimes horrifying. It's also irresistible.Sensitive readers should proceed with caution. The book does contain coarse language as well as some violence and sexual content.
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Steven Panzarella: ProCreate Film Critic

Steven Panzarella has been reviewing movies for as long as he can remember, but his passion flourished while working at 88.7 FM WRHU, and writing for popgoestheweek.com.

Steven is ProCreate's resident film critic.

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Cast and Crew

Gone Girl 
20th Century Fox

Directed by David Fincher

Written by Gillian Flynn

Based on the novel by Gillian Flynn

Starring-Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, Sela Ward, Missi Pyle, Lisa Banes and David Clennon. 

Rated R

Runtime-2 hours and 25 minutes

A+

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