I have just returned from the cinema. I read Gone Girl last year and was thrilled when one of my favourite directors, David Fincher, was going to tackle a film adaptation. But being such a complex novel and a director with films like Se7en and Fight Club to his name, would this be able to live up to my expectations?
I’m still digesting the film. For those that have read the book, fear not, the film stays very close to the book. I was actually surprised how much content was kept in. No major cuts at all, in fact only one cut really comes to mind, but that was just a minor character that (I think) had only one scene.
The film itself is beautiful. Fincher is a masterful director, and although none of his trademark tracking shots appear in the film, the images and tone are undeniably Fincher and set a dark mood throughout the film. What really hit the film home with me was a scene quite late into the film, where I knew the plot was suddenly going to turn brutal, but Fincher didn’t hold back on the shock value.
The film is full of twists and has a structure that keeps the film moving at lightening pace. Rosamund Pike clearly deserves an Oscar nomination, not to mention the use of Trent Reznor’s score to create a meta-reality.
In terms of short-comings, the transitions at the beginning of the film can be quite jarring at first, not to mention the slightly expanded epilogue with makes the satire a little less subtle. Product placement is also rather noticeable in the film, but hey something had to pay for it.
Although not a masterpiece, Gone Girl is a fantastic movie and easily one of the best of the year so far. Simply astounding and leaves you breathless as the credits begin to roll, as I noticed the verbal shock and surprise of everyone in the cinema as the lights came up.