On the day of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne’s (Rosamund Pike) fifth wedding anniversary, Amy, or “Amazing Amy”, as her parents proclaim in the series of books they have made about her throughout her life disappears. Nick comes home to find the house ajar and it’s contents turned upside down. Where is Amy? What happened? Nick and Amy are two people who as Amy’s diary entry denotes as the perfect couple. Nick begins trying to solve the clues along with the police and look into the fanatics/stalkers of Amy’s fictional book character while also looking into the possibility of Nick himself being a suspect. I’ve read the book and it may still be my favourite book of all time and the movie transferred over without any faults. The mystery had me thinking one thing and feeling a certain way for the two lovers, halfway through those ideas and feelings twisted upside down as I learned more about the events that surround Amy’s disappearance. There isn’t much more that can be said about the plot without giving away one of the best mystery films we’ve seen in recent years.
The cast is solid. Ben Affleck as Nick is great, however his performance is overshadowed by Rosamund Pike who looked like she would win the Oscar this year until Juliane Moore just hit it out of the park with Still Alice that little bit more. The cinematography is beautiful throughout and it creates a dark atmosphere in the community where anything can happen. David Fincher was the perfect choice to bring an adaptation of Gone Girl to the screen without losing any of its tone and he makes it his own. If you’ve read the book I think you will love this one, and if you haven’t go in without knowing any more.
Gone Girl is a must see and you will even find yourself yelling at the characters!
4/5 – Stars for Gone Girl