Based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl” was released in theaters and it surpassed its high expectations. A combination of a riveting crime drama, psychological mind-bender and a psychopathic anecdote, the love story between Nick and Amy Dunne is one that is worth the over-buttered popcorn and three-dollar bottled water.
Not often does a bestselling novel-turned-movie become a huge hit. However, with Flynn as the screenwriter, the story was beautifully transformed and the movie hit the nail on the head.
Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck, is a man whose love for his wife is questioned after she goes missing. Nick undergoes the constant wrath of public criticism and hate. His childish behavior and careless actions after the disappearance make his involvement questionable.
Starting with the disappearance of Nick’s wife, Amy, their suburban home in Missouri quickly turns into a crime scene, leaving behind a broken table and traces of blood. The relationship between Nick and Amy was a fairytale; the key word is “was,” for their marriage had turned sour, leading to hate, fear, distrust and dishonesty.
The role of Amy, portrayed by Rosamund Pike, is gut-wrenching and fascinating. Her journal entries are continuously read throughout the movie leading up to her disappearance. The plot takes many twists and turns, due in part to this journal. Amy, although missing, plays one of the most vital roles in the film.
“Gone Girl” is a movie that feels like it should never finish and could be told for hours and hours. The plot twists, investigation and continuously added components make you not want to leave your seat.
Final Grade: B+