Gone Girl – Analysis

I had the opportunity to watch David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. (Full disclosure: I did initially misspell the latter’s last name as ‘Puke’ and I had a good minute’s laugh at my instinctive humour. Or so I thought it to be.) David Fincher is a man who needs no introduction. He has multiple critically acclaimed works under his belt: Fight Club (arguably his best), The Social Network (His best in my opinion) and also directed the first few House Of Cards episodes and is now executive producer alongside Kevin Spacey himself (which is turning out to be quite the collaboration). It is a very direct and straightforward movie and very well helmed by Mr. Fincher. What it essentially is is a critique of the manipulation of public perception and the effects of the latter on seemingly normal lives. In the duration of the film I saw a few bits of Fincher’s good old quick edits between shots of characters in dialogue with each other (i.e. The Social Network’s THING), but other than that he did not recycle many more of the methods he employed in The Social Network. Gone Girl is strikingly more plot driven than character driven – it may not seem so given the fact that the plot revolves around the characters so much, but the way the movie tells its story makes us as an audience follow the sequence of events closely. Really nice screenplay on this film, and the intercutting between different times and moments of different characters as is Fincher’s mastery, is magnificent to behold.

See you tomorrow! Back to school tomorrow!

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