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Film Review: “Gone Girl”

Gone Girl” is one the best films of the year by far. It’s a psychological thriller which will test your emotional limits.

Director David Fincher, known for “Se7en,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Fight Club,” is one of the best. He does not shy away from disturbing content and psychological thrillers — he goes and seeks them out. This is why he was the perfect person to direct “Gone Girl.”


Originally a novel by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the film’s adapted screenplay, “Gone Girl” focuses on the life of Nick Dunne, played by Ben Affleck. It is Nick’s five-year anniversary with his wife, Amy Dunne, played by Rosamund Pike. Amy is a woman with a troubled childhood who could never live up to her parent’s expectations.

Image courtesy of “Gone Girl” Facebook page. “Gone Girl” is in theaters now.

Nick comes home on the day of the anniversary to find his wife missing. A nationwide search for her ensues, and the only clues about Amy’s disappearance come from her own diary, which is progressively revealed throughout the film.

The movie is not in chronological order, a style which is not easy to pull off. However, Flynn’s plot follows smoothly, not creating any confusion.

The film is beautifully shot by Jeff Cronenweth, a two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer, known for “Fight Club,” “The Social Network“, and 2011’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Flynn’s story is brilliantly written. The plot keeps incredibly true to the book, so the “Oh, actually I like reading the books and hate the movies because the books are just so much better and Hollywood just has a big conspiracy of ruining the dreams of all book readers,” excuse doesn’t work. Just go see “Gone Girl.”

“Gone Girl” is widely agreed by film critics as a contender to win Best Motion Picture of the Year. Rosamund Pike also has a very real chance for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Fincher’s directing, Cronenweth’s cinematography and Flynn’s writing are also in the Academy Awards discussions.

This is all you should know about “Gone Girl.” Anything else would be a tremendous spoiler. The people behind the advertising of “Gone Girl” have done a fantastic job of disguising the film and hiding its true ending. There are many more great aspects of the film, but they reveal the plot. Just trust how amazing everyone says the film is and go see it.




If you’re reading this far, you must have already seen “Gone Girl.” Congratulations for making it through alive.

It might have been an easy guess for people that Amy was framing Nick the whole time, and I unfortunately knew that going into the theater. But the way she did it, nobody could have guessed.

Now look, I have seen some disturbing films in my life. And in those films, I’ve seen some really disturbing scenes. But seeing Rosamund Pike having sex with Neil Patrick Harris, proceeding to slit his throat with a box cutter and then having sex with his dead body, all while being drenched in blood, is not something I expected to see when I woke up that morning. That scene gave me nightmares and gave me a nervous feeling in the stomach for the rest of the night after watching the film.

I feel for Nick Dunne. This woman may kill him. “Gone Girl” gave me the greatest sense of continuous nervousness and fear of any movie I’ve ever seen.

That being said, Rosamund Pike is an amazing actress. It has been strange to see her transformation from the innocent sister in “Pride and Prejudice” to the monster of “Gone Girl.”

My hope is that Pike wins the Oscar for Best Actress.

Collegian A&E Film Beat Writer Morgan Smith can be reached at or on Twitter @MDSFilms.

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