Ben Affleck stars in “Gone Girl.” Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox.
Fincher Stuns Audiences Yet Again
Although Gone Girl is a mystery there was never a question as to whether the movie would be a box-office success. Based on the immensely popular Gillian Flynn book of the same name, 20th Century Fox knew it would have a built-in audience that would line up to see how the story would be adapted. The question really was how well the film would be received. In the hands of the excellent director, David Fincher (Social Network, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Seven), and starring A-list actor Ben Affleck (Runner Runner, 2013), the answer was quite well.
Gone Girl tells the story of Nick (Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike, The World’s End 2013) a young married couple in Missouri who has a seemingly perfect marriage. One day, when Nick returns home from errands the morning of their anniversary, he finds his wife missing and a glass table flipped over and shattered. As the police investigate her disappearance, we learn more about their marriage through flashbacks from Amy describing their whirlwind romance in New York and the events that led the Ivy League, well-to-do Amy from her ideal life as a big city writer to a stay-at-home wife in a small town in the Midwest. As she describes how their relationship is not as ideal as it seems, the police also begin to suspect the same, and become suspicious of Nick’s potential involvement in his wife’s disappearance. The story has countless twists and turns. This drama-mystery-thriller will definitely have audiences tense throughout the entire movie and talking about the ending, regardless of whether or not they read the book.