Can you ever truly know another person? This question has never more as pertinent as in the film adaptation of Gone Girl, which forces one to seriously question one’s relationships with other people. Based on the sinister international bestseller of the same name, Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher, who also directed Fight Club and The Social Network, explores the depths and complexities of marriage as well as the mysteries than remain unknown in the people we are the closest to. Although the movie has a shifty beginning and an ending that doesn’t seem to end, Gone Girl was an outstanding film that provoked intriguing questions and had a plot with more twists and turns than a Six Flags amusement park.
From the very first scenes of the movie, mystery is in the air as Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife, Amy Dunne, (Rosamund Pike) appears to be missing. Authorities are notified, leading to Detective Rhonda Booney (Kim Dickens) entering the scene. As Booney investigates, the characters as well as the audience start to feel the eerie sensation that Nick may have murdered his wife. Around this point in the movie, things take a turn for the worse, as secrets come to light and the truth is anything but true. Going any further would ruin the dark mysteries of the movie — but just know that everything is not what it seems.
For those who haven’t read the book, good luck. Both the book and movie versions of Gone Girl are notorious for keeping fans on the edge of their seats. When watching the movie, one can pick out those who haven’t read the book from their gasps of horror as its events unfold on the silver screen. The beginning of the film is less than well-crafted. Scenes jump in non-chronological order, and the plot is almost unrecognizable until a little ways into the movie. After the antsy exposition, Gone Girl picks up with stunning cinematography that emphasizes the hazy plot and top-notch performances by Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, whose chemistry, even though they are rarely together, is electrifying.
The movie provokes questions on the relationship between husband and wife as well as friends and family, conveying the dangers of trust and how little we, as humans, open up. After seeing this movie, people will question how much they know about people, and how much they don’t know. After a rocky beginning, Gone Girl captivates audiences in its cover of darkness and veil of mystique. Characters have their secrets, and it’s up to the audience to piece the puzzle together until the truth is revealed.