David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s internationally bestseller is a taut yet highly detailed psychological thriller, which gloriously magnifies the frustrations and lies of a definitively dysfunctional marriage.
Fincher has cast Ben Affleck (Argo) as Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike – An Education) goes missing on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary.
Under intense scrutiny from the police and the media, Nick’s lies, deceits and odd behaviour have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
What follows is a thoroughly engrossing and entertaining thriller, but also a forensic examination of a marital relationship and a scathing critique of today’s invasive media coverage.
The complex, weaving narrative is brilliantly handled by Fincher, who seems to be having more fun than he’s had in years, as he keeps the truth just far enough out of reach. With wonderfully cool performances from the two leads and a crackling script from Flynn laced with cynicism and dark humour, Gone Girl looks set to become the first ‘must-see’ film of the season.