The premise of Gone Girl is simple. Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) comes home one day to find his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. But the story is anything but.
I've read the book and I won't spoil anything here, but I will say this: There were rumors that director David Fincher was going to change up the 3rd act, and even the controversial ending. Well, the 3rd act is a little different, but the ending is intact. Though they did leave out the best line, and that kind of surprised me. At first, I was excited at the prospect of a different ending directed by Fincher. I hate/loved the ending of Gone Girl. I hated it, because it's so un-fucking-believable and maybe for one I wanted something tied up with a neat little bow at the end, but I loved it because it was different. Now I'm glad the original one stayed, and I've come to love it more as time went on.
Fincher was the perfect director for this film. He dropped hints here and there. Everything was framed expertly. There was a shot of Nick and Amy's cat watching the reporter's flashbulbs through the window that I found particularly beautiful, as simple as that sounds. Then there's Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score. So simple, yet so brilliant.
Let's talk about the cast. I cannot get over how perfect they were. I'm usually not to keen on Affleck as an actor, but he was great as Nick. Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit, (the detectives), David Clennon and Lisa Banes, (Amy's stuck up parents) Casey Wilson, (the Dunne's annoying neighbor, Noelle) and Neil Patrick Harris (Amy's old rich friend) were all perfectly cast. I was nervous about Tyler Perry and Emily Ratajkowski. Emily isn't an actress, and Tyler Perry is well...Tyler Perry. But they actually did wonderful as well. Perry even made me laugh a few times.
There's two performers I need to single out in particular though. Carrie Coon as Margo Dunne is the first. She's Nick's twin sister and was my favorite character in the novel. She's wonderful here. She's brass, funny, and heartbreaking at times. She really brought Margo to life and it's easy to see why Nick loves hanging out with her so much. Then there's Rosamund Pike. She's perfect as Amy. Oh my God, does she steal the show. I wish I could go into her performance and what she's like throughout, but I don't want to ruin anything. Just know that she can be scared, lovey-dovey, determined, and even a little funny at times. Seriously Pike made me laugh here and there. Nothing Amy said was funny in the books.
Wow this got long.
Memorable Quote: "I specialize in fucked up." - Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry)