Director – David Fincher

Flick in a Limerick

Amy’s husband Nick is smitten with a new flame

She manufactures her disappearance leaving only him to blame

Nick must find his wife

To get back his life

In the eye of the public as he vies to clear his name

Role Play

(Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry)

Nose Candy

“When I think of my wife I think of the back of her head. I picture cracking that lovely skull, unspooling her brain trying to get answers”

“Everyone knows complicated is code for bitch”

“We have each other everything else is background noise”

“I’m so much happier now that I am dead”

“When two people love each other and can’t make it work, that’s the real tragedy”

“I swear you two are the most fucked up people I’ve ever known and I specialize in the fucked up”

“I’m the cunt you married. The only time you liked yourself was when you were trying to be someone this cunt might like. I’m not a quitter, I’m that cunt, I killed for you who else can say that?”

Style Points

  • Flash back storytelling
  • Dark lighting choice
  • Amy’s diary narration
  • Fading to black montage after Nick pushes Amy down
  • Paparazzi action shots
  • Desi’s murder scene

Money Shot

Amy unveils her master plan as she skips town rationalizing why she decided to take such drastic actions against her husband. She details her faking her pregnancy and death setting up Nick to make it seem as though he did it as payback for his infidelity.

Final Touch

Females are much smarter than males and are always planning so far ahead. The amount of detail and planning to pull off a stunt like this only a woman with a broken heart could execute. I thought this film shed a light on of how society is infatuated with scandal and how information can spread so fast through technology and social media. Also it serves as a timely spoof on how news outlets really turn into a media circus whenever a story captivates the nation. Rosamund Pike has an incredible performance and really shines through out. Ben Affleck is great here in one of his best roles in the 09-14 second prime of his career. There seems to be some peculiar casting choices as well such as Neil Patrick Harris as the over eager ex boyfriend then Tyler Perry as the high-profile defense attorney. Both really surprised me here with excellent showcases and you have to give credit to the studio for stepping outside of the box with their selections because they really paid off. You can’t win in marriage it is either stay unhappy in your relationship or look like a jerk to the public for cheating. Gone Girl serves as a crash course in public relations. It is an obstacle course against the community to get past perceptions to look good in front of your audience.

-Caleb Harris

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