Vichu Vivek’s review published on Letterboxd:
"When I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers. The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?"
"If you watch this film, you'll never want to get married", my friend had told me after he'd watched this. Ah, how true he was.
Mostly in thriller movies, we're shown just one side of the story. And then as a shocker or as a twist , a difference in perception of the story is revealed to us- something that's been happening on the other side. Gone Girl strays away from this formula as David Fincher reveals the plot to us from the points of view of both it's central characters, revealing layers and layers of twists and turns as the story progresses. This film is without a doubt one of the most enthralling, exciting experiences I've had in recent times and David Fincher is probably the only man who could make such a deranged tale from a married couple's love life.
Ben Affleck puts on a satisfactory performance, owing largely due to the fact that his character doesn't exactly demand much. I don't want to deprive him of the credit though, he did do his part of playing a stupid, clueless protagonist. Excellent performance from Rosamund Pike as one of the most interesting, cerebral female characters in modern cinema. And a fine work from Carrie Coon, playing a pivotal supporting role. Gone Girl is a fast paced thriller that keeps you hooked and guessing from the very beginning, but always manages to be one step ahead of it's viewers, surprising us at every turn.
My only complaint about the movie is it's ending. For one, I think it was lagging a bit towards the climax and two, the film just seemed to transform itself from an exhilarating yet realistic tale of vengeance to a full-on psycho story. The drastic change in tone just ticked me off. It felt like the film had just wrapped up for the sake of it, the ending wasn't smooth enough and it left me with no closure. Everything else about this film? Close to perfect. Not David Fincher's best work but definitely an engaging watch with enough twists and turns to keep you at the edge of your seat.