Went with a friend to see Gone Girl last night. It’s aptly named but another really good title would be Diary of a Psychopath. Billed as a thriller, this certainly fills the bill. It is very much a psychological thriller where a wife has “gone missing” on their 5th anniversary and all the evidence points to the husband as being the killer. The husband, like most of us, has secrets he doesn’t want to come out. The wife has (or had?) a best friend he was totally unaware of who claims the wife was pregnant. His in-laws descend and organize a three-ring circus volunteer center. All kinds of strange people come out of the woodwork to take advantage of him. The media has a feeding frenzy.
The telling of this story is interestingly done. The movie begins and ends with the same scene and statements. When leaving the theatre, my friend remarked that the ending left it open to a sequel. I’ve got to say, if there is a sequel it means that someone in the movie has made a really dumb choice that shouldn’t be made at all. No sequel, please. Aside from that, the movie begins with the story being told from the husband’s point of view. At some point, it switches to the wife’s point of view and, of course, the devious diary comes into play, but it takes a long time before we realize that one of these views is more than shrewdly skewed.
There are enough twists and turns in this plot to keep you on the edge of your seat and while the ending may not be totally satisfying, it is intriguing. I think there are 1 or 2 errors, things overlooked as a means to convict the killer, exist but I can’t share them without this becoming a spoiler. See what you think. Devilish plot based on the book by Gillian Flynn who also did the screen adaptation. Superb acting by Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Carrie Coon (as Affleck’s twin sister) and Neil Patrick Harris plays the naive, formerly-rejected lover to a “T”. Kim Dickens as Detective Rhonda Boney, who never stops questioning the evidence, was also very believable. Great directing by David Fincher (The Game, Seven, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). * * * *