October 6, 2014 – “Gone Girl”, the new thriller from David Fincher, is the first movie I have enjoyed in a long time that is also number one at the box office for its opening weekend. It earned $38 million on Friday and Saturday, according to the box-office tracking firm Rentrak.
The film, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn who also wrote the screenplay, is a psychological mind bender that switches gears as soon as you think you have figured it out, at least for those who haven’t read the novel. It also proves that there are two sides to every story, and no one is as guilty or as innocent as they may seem.
Flynn says she wrote scenes in the book with the director (Fincher) in mind. Fincher, who has films like “Fight Club” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to his directing credit, along with several episodes of the Netflix original thriller “House of Cards”, know how to mesmerize an audience and keep them at the edge of their seats.
“I was writing in my basement and picturing it through Fincher’s lens,” she says.
Flynn also praises the stellar cast that features Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, and Sela Ward. Pike, a new comer to me, but one with a few movies on her resume, beat out heavy hitters such Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Olivia Wilde, and Julianne Hough, for the lead role.
The storyline, one that you think is predictable, centers on a wife’s disappearance (Pike), and an intense media circus that follows, with the prime suspect being the husband (Affleck). It pays tribute in an off-handed way to the world of 24/7 news, and celebrity lawyers such as Nancy Grace who try to convict people on national television, sometimes before they make it to court.
It’s the twists and turns, the clever mind games, and the jaw dropping clues the writer feeds the audience that makes this smart thriller worth the price of a movie ticket. For a movie close to two and a half hours long, the pace seems quick and the time flies by. See it now before someone spoils it for you.