Gone Girl stayed for too long

A review by Brenda Daniels

In Gone Girl, the wife of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), goes missing on the morning of the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. Nick seems vague and somewhat helpless in his subsequent dealings with the police and viewers begin to suspect him of possible involvement in her mysterious disappearance.

Flashbacks to the couple’s increasingly difficult relationship certainly support this view. Easy to overlook, however, is a brief, fairly innocuous scene that hints at Amy’s dysfunctional childhood. This past has important ramifications on the plot as events in Gone Girl become increasingly sinister.

A series of clues in an anniversary game are placed by Amy in strategic places for Nick to find. Each clue reveals more of the characters’ motives and actions. These include infidelity, revenge and a desperate grasping for control.

Character development in this film is good and the filial relationship between Nick and his twin sister Margo is well portrayed. Gradual, intricate plot revelations keep Gone Girl from sinking into a typical revenge offering.

Nevertheless I found the film far too long (two and a half hours) with an unrealistic ending that trailed off unsatisfactorily.

According to IMDB, people who liked this film also liked The Equaliser.

Gone Girl opens at NuMetro theatres countrywide in South Africa on 10 October. It carries an age restriction of 16LVS.

Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl as Nick Dunne who is searching for his missing wife. Photo: Creative Commons.

Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl as Nick Dunne who is searching for his missing wife. Photo: Creative Commons.

Rosamund Pike stars in Gone Girl as the missing wife of Dunne. Photo: Creative Commons.

Rosamund Pike stars in Gone Girl as the missing wife of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) Photo: Creative Commons.

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2 thoughts on “Gone Girl stayed for too long

  1. I think the film had to be as long as it was to include all the key details that Flynn laid out in the book. If too much was missed out, we would lose character development and some of the plot of the story. The ending, in my opinion, seemed to show how Amy managed to keep complete control of the situation but also showed that she wanted to stay married to Nick. Even though they are horrible people, the film how they become perfect for each other as these crazy individuals.
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    • I haven’t read the book so don’t have the perspective you display in your helpful comments. It is difficult to adapt a book faithfully to the film, although in Gone Girl the author also wrote the screenplay. I agree with you that Amy retained control right to the end. But Nick’s capitulation seemed unrealistic and it was that section that made the film too long. Your comment about these two crazy people actually being perfect for each other is an interesting one though… Thank you for sharing!

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