Saturday, 1 November 2014

Gone Girl review by ANIZ FILMVALA

Gone Girl
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Based on Gillian Flynn novel and directed by the competent David Fincher who has successfully helm films The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [2008] and The Social Network [2010] now with his latest offering ‘Gone Girl’ he goes beyond the parameters of suspense and drama. The director takes us to the forbidding areas of a married couple which has gone terribly wrong, as the line ‘this is what marriages are about’ which the protagonist says can surely send a wrong message to the wannabes to get into the paradise of nuptials.

Its fifth wedding anniversary of Nick Dunne [Ben Affleck] same morning when he returns home and to his shock he discovers that his wife Amy [Rosamund Pike] is missing. The media goes frenzy as Amy is the daughter of parents who wrote a string of “Amazing Amy” stories. Detective Rhonda [Dickens] and Jim [Fugit] arrive at the scene of crime and observe some evidence indicating trouble between the couple. Therefore making Nick the primary suspect, he is only supported by his sister Margo [Coon].They hire Tanner Bolt [Perry] a defense attorney who specializes in defending husbands accused of killing their wives and help them to uplift their public image. As the truth uncovers about Amy’s missing some horrifying facts come out.

The film unfolds from one frame to another with measured intensity creating a subtle anxiety about the story and character realization. No technical razzmatazz, a fine cinematic experience which is very rare.

Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne
Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliott-Dunne
Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings
Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt
Carrie Coon as Margo "Go" Dunne
Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney
Patrick Fugit as Officer James Gilpin
Casey Wilson as Noelle Hawthorne
Emily Ratajkowski as Andie Fitzgerald

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