Gone Girl Movie Review


Spoiler Free.

TL;DR: A David Fincher Masterpiece.

I cannot imagine how this will do well at the box office. It’s not (NOT!) a date movie. It’s not a women-empowerment movie. It’s not a chick flick, it’s not geared at teenage boys, nor adult men.

The trailer is useless and terrible, though I honestly couldn’t imagine how this wouldn’t be true (without giving away the plot).

Ben Affleck is fantastic (watch the movie before disagreeing), Rosamund Pike is great. Tyler Perry (Tanner Bolt) is great. Neil Patrick Harris plays NPH, and has 3rd billing because he’s famous. Once again, the Reznor/Ross soundtrack is perfect.

It IS a mind-fuck. If that’s your thing, then boy is this the movie for you. Panic Room was the warmup to Gone Girl.

It’s 2.5 hours, and needs to be. After the movie, you’re left one more uncomfortable person in a room of uncomfortable people.

I loved it, and I’d see it again (Go See It!), but I’d like a cold shower afterwards.

Bonus – this is a wonderful movie-geek expose short on What David Fincher Does NOT Do directing. Because working under limitations (even self-imposed) leads to better work. See Also: The White Stripes.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/107779620″>David Fincher – And the Other Way is Wrong</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/tonyzhou”>Tony Zhou</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> <p>For sheer directorial craft, there are few people working today who can match David Fincher. And yet he describes his own process as &ldquo;not what I do, but what I don&rsquo;t do.&rdquo; Join me today in answering the question: What does David Fincher not do?<br /> <br /> For educational purposes only.<br /> You can support the channel at http://www.patreon.com/everyframeapainting<br /> And you can follow me at http://www.twitter.com/tonyszhou</p&gt;


One thought on “Gone Girl Movie Review

  1. Sam — Thanks so much for this post. This video is an amazingly detailed description of Fincher’s work. Have you watched “The Story of Film”? it’s 15 hours of analysis by Mark Cousin that I’ve found fascinating and am about to watch all over again. Also “Los Angeles Plays Itself” by Thom Anderson. Both on Netflix now. (And of course, “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies” which I need to watch again soon.)
    – jay miller (art deco society member & big fan of little cars with personality : )


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