‘Gone Girl’ brilliantly disturbs

Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

Part of me regrets not having read the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn. While another part of me is glad I didn’t—because I was taken on a ride by both Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the screenplay) and director David Fincher (The Social Network, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Fight Club, Seven) in the film version of Gone Girl.

Gone Girl is intelligent, disturbing and thought provoking. It also can truly mess with your head. It will make you question men, women and relationships. If you’re single, it might even make you grateful you are.

Critic Roger Ebert sums it up by saying Gone Girl is “art and entertainment, a thriller and an issue.”

It is the Dunnes’ fifth wedding anniversary. All should be well for the seemingly happy couple’s annual “scavenger hunt” for gifts—but something is off. Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing. Amy—whom the world sees as the beautiful, charming, intelligent, well-liked daughter and wife has vanished in the wake of scavenger hunt clues and a smashed glass table at home.

The eyes of the public turn to her husband, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck). Is he completely clueless or is he responsible for her disappearance? He falls under public scrutiny and his life becomes open to (mis)interpretation.

The first part of the film focuses on how Nick’s character figures in the narrative and the second part focuses on Amy’s. You get to see how their relationship starts—both putting their best foot forward in the courtship. But you also see the imperfect moments—hidden from family, friends and the public.

English actress Rosamund Pike finally proves herself quite the revelation. She’s come a long way from her turns in Pride and Prejudice, Die Another Day and The Libertine. A nomination could be waiting for her in the coming awards season.

Fincher reunites with his Oscar award winning soundtrack artists, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross—providing the proper atmosphere for the film.

If you’re attached, Gone Girl might just make you stay up at night, watching your partner sleep, or pretend to sleep, wondering what dreams or thoughts may be occupying his or her mind. Then again, you may be better off not knowing.

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Gone Girl opened on Wednesday in Metro Manila.


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