Movie Review: “Gone Girl” has audiences raving

By Megan E. Bloom
A&E Editor

Ben Affleck’s latest film Gone Girl has taken cinemas across America by storm. Audiences have been raving about the film since its premiere and they have reason to. It is the dramatic thriller that moviegoers have been waiting for all year.

In the story, Nick Dunne (Affleck) is married to Amy (Rosamund Pike), who was his dream girl. The couple were smitten while they were dating and through their first few years of marriage.

But once Amy has to bail her parents out of bankruptcy, their marriage begins to unravel.

Fast forward to the opening scene of the movie. Nick returns home from the pub his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon) owns. He finds their glass on their coffee table shattered on the floor and no sign of Amy. Without any more than the trailer reveals, Amy is declared missing.

This film is certainly one of the finest ones released this fall. Director David Fincher creates the perfect pace for this mystery that is packed with content. With twists and turns throughout, it keeps the viewer intently interested.

The story flashes between the present and past, giving a detailed look at their entire relationship. This allows for the audience to not know right away who the “villain” is. At some points Nick is the bad guy, but then Amy is–it goes back and forth.

This changing of thought keeps the audience on their toes, constantly pondering where the Missourian road will take them next. Each major plot point is unexpected and reveals something incredibly interesting to add to the story, making it a wonderful combination of the thriller, drama and mystery genres.

The real star in the film is not Affleck, but rather Rosamund Pike. She portrays her character with full conviction and passion. Flawless on the screen, she was able to portray all that was going on in Amy’s head with accuracy and precision.

With the well constructed storyline, spot on character development, and excellent pacing, Gone Girl is a must see.

 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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