Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon.
Plot Summary: (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox) On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
I’ve heard a lot about this film (an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay) over the past few months. The trailers have been marketing it as a dour mystery thriller, which it most certainly is. But, it is also one of the most entertaining and surprising films I’ve seen in the cinema for quite some time. As a matter of fact, this could be one of the best films I’ve ever seen.
I have to give major credit to director David Fincher, who couldn’t have been a more perfect choice for this project. But really it’s the actors who make this film. Now I’m not exactly a huge fan of Ben Affleck as he’s not what you would call a “chameleon” (i.e. he pretty much plays himself in every role). However, here he delivers a highly commanding performance as Nick Dunne, some would say his career-best. As good as Affleck is though, it’s Rosamund Pike who steals the show. Her performance as the calculating Amy is revelatory to say the least. She sends you on an emotional roller-coaster throughout the entire film. You don’t know if you want to punch her, pity her or fear her. It looks like she’ll be a shoo-in for Best Actress this award season. And, the supporting cast do a stellar job in complementing these two powerhouses, with standout turns from Carrie Coon and an against-type Neil Patrick Harris. Even Tyler Perry, who is more well-known in the US for his comedic roles (where he’s mainly in drag playing a no-nonsense matriarch), does a solid job as Nick Dunne’s spin doctor.
The film itself contains some of the best plot twists I’ve seen in a film (I’m obviously not going to spoil them here). The other thing that surprised me the most was that it was actually pretty funny at times. I went into it expecting it to be all heavy but there were moments that had me chuckling (and not in a nervous kind of way).
In a nutshell, Gone Girl is hands-down the Film of the Year. Do yourself a favour and go see it.