Film Review: Gone Girl


Gone Girl

David Fincher’s Gone Girl was probably one of my most anticipated films of 2014. Even though I wasn’t a fan of the book. Sadly, I wasn’t able to see Gone Girl in 2014 for fear of seeing some mutated censored version of the film. After seeing the film I’m pretty happy about my decision of avoiding seeing it in the cinemas here in Bahrain, because yes, it most definitely would have been censored!

If it’s at all possible, Gone Girl the film is a more bleak look relationships than the original source material. Well, the central relationship between Nick and Amy at least. Amy was more twisted. More single-minded than she was in the book. I put that down to a brilliant performance from Rosamund Pike. Cold, calculating and with one psychotic goal in mind. To be completely honest I wasn’t expecting much from her. This is all down to my only other memory of her in a film is Die Another Day, which is terrible all over.

Gone Girl's Amy Dunne

Rosamund Pike’s Amy Dunne is up there in top psychotic film characters.

Was it me, or was Nick Dunne made a tad more sympathetic? Was it Ben Affleck? Or perhaps for the purposes of the film there needed to be a sympathetic character. Because there certainly isn’t one in the book! Seriously, I remember reading the book and not giving a shit about any of the characters because they were all pretty despicable.

I was really interested to see how they’d tackle the first person approach of the book for the big screen. Turns out, it was handled really well. Despite this narration there was still a story unfolding not just being told.

While this isn’t David Fincher’s more beautiful films; the muted colour palette just fits the tone of the film – a certain sense of bleakness. Whether it’s looking bleak for Nick the bleak nature of relationships portrayed in the film.

Gone Girls Nick Dunne

Nick Dunne – not quite as despicable as his literary version.

Along with the cinematography Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ score completely moody score was perfect. Even for the moments of tension, there wasn’t the typical staccato style of score. The music was still wonderfully… smooth and totally unnerving.

Gone Girl is a great film. It’s not one I’m rushing to see again. At some point in the future I’ll pick it up again. If anything, by the end of the film I was relieved. Relieved I enjoyed it a heck of a lot more than the book and relieved that it was made by David Fincher and co. Relieved and surprised by Rosamund Pike’s performance who’s Amy pretty much made this film.