05 November 2014

GONE GIRL

GONE GIRL

German Title:
Gone Girl - Das perfekte Opfer

USA, 2014
Director: David Fincher

10/10








Even though I'm a huge fan of David Fincher's work, my expectations towards "Gone Girl" were pretty low, not just because of its somehow strange teasers, its lame poster artwork and the fact that I totally dislike Ben Affleck, but also because I was still pissed at Fincher for his disappointing and utterly unnecessary remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

Yet, now that I've seen "Gone Girl"... everything forgiven and forgotten. Fincher is back on track, continuing to create his very own vision of intelligent contemporary cinema, delivering an unexpectedly mindblowing mystery-thriller about the disappearance of an ominous guy's wife and the merciless media circus which follows him, a movie that is entertaining, gripping, thought-provoking and shocking at the same time.


Based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay), Fincher sends his audience on an unforgettable trip into the abyss of a sensationalistic world obsessed with scandals and public tragedies, touching topics like love and marriage, hate and violence, dishonesty and obsession, deception and lying.

What starts out as simple missing-person-thriller,
soon transforms itself into a shockingly unforeseeable maelstrom of baffling, surprising and jaw-droppingly amazing plot twists and turns, at times tense as fuck, at times hilarious as hell, at times just
oh-my-fucking-goodness-what-the-fuck-was-that (yes, I consider that as an adjective). Whenever I thought I knew where the movie was going to... BAM! Another plot twist came up, changed the story completely and left me gobsmacked in my seat.


What striked me the most is how un-Fincher-y the movie was. Of course, it's still full of typical Fincher-trademarks like the use of certain cool-looking color palettes, or Fincher's special kind of pacing that draws the viewer to the screen like flies to shit - yet overall, it feels different from his previous work, not experimental, but more colorful, more playful, especially the odd but fantastic use of dry humor, an unbelievably and fascinatingly eerie ending, as well as one of the goriest and most brutal moments in Fincher's filmography. I daresay that this is a new kind of Fincher, one that makes me insanely excited for his future projects.

Similarly striking and surprising is the subtle music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross which feels diametrically opposed to their work for "The Social Network" & "TGWTDT", and sounds more like something by Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek. Long-time Fincher collaborator Jeff Cronenweth's ("Fight Club") cinematography is stunningly composed and beautifully lit, not-so-long-time Fincher collaborator Kirk Baxter's ("Benjamin Button") editing is pitch-perfect...


...and the cast is just genius. Rosamund Pike plays three radically different personalities of one immensely fucked up character in such an unbelievably versatile way, I already hear Oscar bells ringing. Ben Affleck does what he knows best: he plays an asshole, but he does it in such an impressive way, I might overthink my hate towards him and his personality. Next to more excellent performances by Neil Patrick Harris (creepy), Carrie Coon (cool), and Kim Dickens (even cooler!), the most surprising, most amusing performance was Tyler Perry's as gummy-bear-throwing attorney. Yes, THE Tyler Perry, the mastermind behind all the countless Madea-flicks. This is probably the best thing
he has ever done, wow!

"Gone Girl" - perfection. Chapeau, Mr. Fincher!

10 comments:

  1. Wow, great review! I'm actually excited for the film now!

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  2. Damn, now I'm beyond intrigued. I'm thinking I should definitely see Gone Girl this weekend now instead of Ouija (which will probably be shitty).

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    1. Screw Ouija. Go see Gone Girl, you will adore it!

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  3. I'm a wee bit sad you liked this. The book just sounded so awful, I hoped the movie would be too ... like I'm hoping 50 Shades dies a miserable death at the box office...

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    1. Ignore the book and go see the movie. It's worth it.

      Don't care about 50 Shades, though I'm sure, I'm stupid enough to go check it out when it hits cinemas next year ;)

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  4. Great view. It's a masterpiece of modern cinema. I did love his Girl remake too though

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    1. His Dragon Tattoo wasn't my cup of tea because I love the original Millennium series so much more, but yeah, Gone Girl is definitely an incredible masterpiece!

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