Movie Published October 3, 2014 at. 09:04 Updated 09:34
“Gone Girl” is based on author Gillian Flynn bästsäljarthriller with the same title, about how a woman’s disappearance uncovers a marriage which was not at all what it seemed.
The novel is quite intricate. The story is told alternately from the man, sometimes from the woman’s perspective. Add on a literary figure, a kind of idealized version of the female protagonist, and a runaway mass-media narrative that both parties are trying to influence.
There are many layers in the drift between versions, fiction and reality, and it’s easy to understand why David Fincher has been attracted by this story. From “The Game” (1997) on “Fight Club” (1999) to the “Zodiac” (2007), he has in various ways been interested in notions and narratives force in the shaping of reality.
He builds “Gone Girl” about doubt and uncertainty, and apparent reaction: the film invites the audience not on any objective truth to hold on to, but much to feel for and against.
This case is about what people think of you, as Nick Dunne’s lawyer says to him, when increasingly suggests that it is he who has murdered his wife Amy.
When the couple meet, the writers in New York and seems to literally revel in their own love story, but after a couple of years kicks Journal crisis in and both get fired.
Nick manages unemployment bad, so when his twin sister says that their mother is terminally ill, he sees a liberating opportunity to move back to Missouri. He and his sister buy a small bar while the city girl Amy gets small town housewife, while she gets to take care of all expenses. Her wealth has a bitter taste: it consists of revenues from “Amazing Amy”, a better edition by her parents for decades written successful books about.
After living in the shadow of “Amazing Amy” all his life he finds himself thus firmly in the provinces, idle and at the mercy of a man who increasingly falling back in acidic masculine pattern, where her dreams and longings perceived that pesky requirement.
disappears Amy and the image of her as a spoiled but heartbreaking unseen romantic nuanced. The film takes plenty of time when the laps stories from Amy’s diaries with Nick Kafka-like situation, and it’s very nicely done and evocative.
There rests a layer of unreality over all things, enhanced by a muffled gurgling music mat as heard through a closed door. As quite often in Fincher’s films, it feels like the light just visiting the dark world of the evenings and nights, pulled down the blinds and windowless rooms.
The question is whether Ben Affleck additionally makes their life role as Nick. With limited resources, he embodies a rude-looking class traveler who tries to compensate for insecurity and inferiority feelings with kindness and smiles, while aggression is boiling under the surface.
Amy is a difficult, right bizarrely constructed role – and here I must make a small spoiler warning! – Develop from something understandable to the purely monstrous, but Rosamund Pike fights well.
Gillian Flynn, who incidentally himself has written the film’s screenplay, has been criticized for all unsympathetic female characters in her books, but I really see no problem there. Feminism is not the portrayal of women as good heroes.
The film also does fine out a few female supporting roles: Kim Dickens is cool as police investigators and Carrie Coon sign a secure sketch of Nick’s sister Margo.
Gradually smooth film unfortunately out all the nuances, and thuds with a crash into the templates.
The role of mass media is produced according to a run-down form, with bloodthirsty reporters in bunches and crafty female talk show hosts, always eager to join in the clinch with the guilty and the innocent.
And worse: suddenly we are left with a classic horror bitch, who can not tolerate when her arch-feminine romantic expectations will come to naught.
Glenn Close emblematic rabbit cook is not far away, if I say so. If it’s a revenge fantasy, we are supposed to enjoy a little of that, it appears as totally disproportionate to the target’s “regular guy”, admittedly with its flaws and shortcomings, yet an identification point.
A pity, because it started so well.