Director David Fincher, the man who has brought us such incredible films as SE7EN, PANIC ROOM, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, & THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO – brings to life the literary genius of Gillian Flynn with his latest psychological thriller – GONE GIRL.
As we meet Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), they are relationship bound, having found “the perfect match” in each other. When their whirlwind romance is halted by Nick’s mother turning ill – and Nick losing his job – they decide to head back to Missouri to nurse Nick’s mom back to health and to start anew.
Even though his mother’s passing is still weighing heavily on him, Nick finds comfort in the ability to share his life with his sister Margo (Carrie Coon), as they embark upon a new profession for both of them – Bar owners.
Amy is feeling left out and trapped, as her life is nothing like she had imagined when they lived in New York City. Tired of the mundane life of living in the Midwest, Amy tries to convince Nick that since she hasn’t found a job yet, maybe it’s time to procreate. Nick isn’t ready to walk down that road just yet, besides, when a marriage seems to be going south, it may not be the best time to have a child.
When Nick returns home, he finds that the house has been broken into and Amy is nowhere to be found. Nick alerts the police, as Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) arrive to find that things don’t seem to add up with this particular disappearance. When they find forensic evidence is everywhere, the investigation starts to point to someone very close to Amy……her husband Nick. As the search continues to find Amy, her parents Marybeth (Lisa Banes) and Rand (David Clennon) arrive to start a search mission to find their “Amazing Amy”. Another person of interest arrives on the scene, with the appearance of Amy’s high school sweetheart Desi Collings (Neil Patrick Harris), who is lurking in the shadows, but why? The entire town has been turned upside down, and still no sign of Amy……
Did Amy find out about Nick’s extracurricular activity and just leave? Did Desi’s love for Amy from the past resurface and he abducted her? Did Nick find out that Amy was with child and decide that this little problem needed to be eliminated? Or has Amy pulled off the perfect frame job to make sure that Nick pays in the end?
I give GONE GIRL 5 out of 5 stars – An A – It’s truly a Cinematic Masterpiece…… – You will be on the edge of your seat the entire time, as David Fincher brings out the best there is in each and every actor in this film. Affleck, Pike and Coon all give award winning performances, so get ready to see a few nods from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes, or their may even be an Academy award nod or two too for their incredible performances i their future. Even though I didn’t get the book finished, you don’t need to have read the book to thoroughly enjoy this film. GONE GIRL is my #1pick of all the films I have viewed so far this year – as it is superb from beginning to end! If you only see one film this weekend – make it GONE GIRL! You will be thanking me profusely next week for suggesting you see this film at a theater near you this weekend – I’m SURE OF IT!
P.S. Please be advised too, that this film is rated R for explicate nudity and violence, so please don’t take anyone under 17 to see it – as it is way too graphic for children to see – just in case you were considering taken them – believe me – it’s not for them!