Gone Girl (2014)
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
20th Century Fox Production
"The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?" -Nick Dunne
Believe me, I was majorly pissed off when it was announced that Gone Girl was not going to be released in Indonesia. Apparently our censor wanted to cut some shots out and David Fincher wouldn't have it. Couldn't place the blame on Fincher, though as I agree with his point that an art should be presented in the way its creators want to present it, but still. It is the one absolute movie that I've really been waiting for. I remember when I first saw the teaser and I got chills all over my body, even though I had no idea what it was about (Fincher's teasers did that to you). The next day, I immediately borrowed the book from my classmate and I was completely immersed in Nick and Amy's story. It is one of the best books that I've read, so you'd understand my frustation upon hearing its canceled release in Indonesia. Well, months later I got to watch it (on my laptop *sigh*) and this movie did not dissapoint.
Gone Girl tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple living in Missouri. On their fifth anniversary, Amy goes missing, and all ayes are on Nick as he is suspected to be her killer. That is as far as I can tell without spoiling too much. To start, I want to talk about the performances, which were awesome. Ben Affleck played Nick to perfection, exactly how I imagined the character to be when I read the book. He was suave, slick, and kind of douchy, but he still managed to make me root for him. Rosamund Pike also gave a stellar performance. This movie will definitely put her on the map, and I think she already locked herself a nomination for the Oscars. There is something about her voice that is just so... elegant and sexy. She also has the perfect face for Amy. Innocent and unasumming, but can also be cold and ruthless (oops, probably a spoiler right there). My critics are probably how there were times when I thought that she was a little wooden, and even though she was really great overall, I also don't think she was irreplaceable as Amy the way Affleck was as Nick. I could think of other actresses that would probably also do a good or even better job in the role (Ali Larter and Rachel McAdams come to mind). The rest of the cast was pretty great. Carrie Coon should get a supporting actress nomination as she was amazing as Nick's twin sister, Margo, who's the most likable character in the entire film, and Kim Dickens was another who deserves praise for her role as Rhonda Boney, a tough as nail detective. Tyler Perry did a servicable job as Tanner Bolt, but honestly, there were literally a lot of other actors who would do better than him. Neil Patrick Harris was okay. Definitely not the way I imagined Desi to be, but he's not a really big character, so I let it slide. And by the way, I love Casey Wilson's performance as Noelle Hawthorne. It was a quite nice surprise from the producers to cast her. I also think that Emily Ratajkowski, the girl from the Blurred Lines video, did decent as Andie Fitzgerald. All in all, it was a good cast.
Well, maybe the problem that I had was with the script itself. There are some plot holes, I guess. I can't remember them now, but when I watch it again I'd definitely notice them. The suspension of disbelief is also quite high on this one. However, whatever plot problems that this one has, the book also has them, so... you know, we can't really give the responsibility to just the film, can we? The story on the other hand, is a good satire of the marriage life. I mean, you could almost say that it's a dark comedy. The character Amy is also one well-written, fascinating individual. She's one of the best female characters in movies from the last decade. She reminded me of Alex Frost in Fatal Attraction, just a lot crazier.
Now, I'm gonna tell you what my favorite scene is. Spoiler alert for those who haven't watched the film or read the book. It's the revelation scene. My God, everything about that scene is epic. Pike's narration, the whole cool girl speech, the flashback to the planning, the transformation of Amazing Amy to... red-neck Amy? It is well-shot, well-scored, well-edited, and well-written. I was so happy when I watched it.
To close this review, I just wanna say that I don't think this movie could be made better. I mean, yeah, there are things that could be improved, but you know, we got the best cast and crew as we can possibly got. So... 9/10!