By: Michael “MovieBuff801″ Dennos
Back in 1960, director Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller Psycho was released amidst a veil of secrecy where its plot was concerned, and now fifty-four years later, David Fincher’s Gone Girl arrives under similar circumstances. To get straight to the point, the film itself is yet another home run for one of the best directors in the business today, filled to the brim with the signature slick style and storytelling we’ve come to expect of the auteur, but talking about it in any kind of too specific detail paints myself, and many other reviewers into a corner. Not unlike Psycho, the desire to not spoil any of the surprises in the story is definitely an issue — especially for those who haven’t read the 2012 source novel — and I’ll keep to that desire and try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible while still urging you to go see the film; something which must absolutely be done.
Author Gillian Flynn adapts her own work, which is the story of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) Dunne. Nick and Amy have been married for a few short years, and as the film opens, it’s their fifth anniversary. However, Nick isn’t in the most pleasant mood about it. His melancholic feelings soon turn to ones of confusion, though, when he returns home to find an unsettling scene: an overturned ottoman, a shattered glass table and traces of blood on the floor. Detective Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit) soon determine it to be a missing persons case, which forces Nick into the limelight as the investigation slowly starts up. Aided all the while by his sister Margo (Carrie Coon), Nick soon finds himself having to battle an increasingly negative public perception of himself as the case takes more than a few unexpected turns, despite his repeated assertions of innocence.