“Gone Girl” a gripping mystery

David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” (2014) tells the story of married couple Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike). What starts off as a budding romance quickly transforms into a missing person and murder investigation, with Nick as the prime suspect.

Everyone has their own opinion about the case, but no one really knows for sure what is true. Did Nick murder his wife? Was Amy fearful for her life before her disappearance? What was her mental state and was someone else involved? Through the investigation, a story of deception, murder, paparazzi and secrets about how well you can truly know another human being emerge.

The material is perfect David Fincher. With enough moodiness, suspense, mystery and current national headline recognition, his style of filmmaking serves the story very well, and the film justly fits into his cannon of films, right alongside “Seven” (1995), “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011), “Fight Club” (1999) and “Zodiac” (2007).

While “Gone Girl” has several dramatic twists and turns throughout, there are times when it tries to be smarter than it actually is. Ben Affleck, though not a bad choice for the role of Nick, could have been better cast. His shifting emotions and possible guilt may have been better suited to a different actor.

Rosamund Pike as Amy, on the other hand, steals the show. Whether the viewer is fearful of her, intrigued by her actions or horrified at the lengths she goes throughout the narrative, she carries the narrative, overshadowing the rest of the cast to the film’s betterment and detriment simultaneously.

All in all, this is an impressive edge-of-your-seat thriller. The action and intrigue are strong, as are Rosamund Pike and the direction of David Fincher.

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