Gone Girl DVD Review

DVD Review by Mikey Collins
Gone Girl

The Premise
On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
The Review
It will be difficult to review this movie in detail giving out spoilers, so I’ll keep it vague. My approach to this film was, okay, a missing girl story, but it’s David Fincher, so it will probably be something unexpected. I hadn’t read the New York Times best-seller of the same name from which the movie is adapted from, so I really had no idea what I was about to see, except that I know it should be good. And it really did have ‘something unexpected’.
This crazy story takes all of 145 minutes to tell, but it’s the first movie I’ve seen in a long time that, even though I noticed it was long, I didn’t want it to end. Even when you’re approaching the two and a half hour mark, you’re still begging for more, and by then, you’re so invested in the story, that the toilet, food and parking meter are the last things on your mind. This is was separates the good movies from the great ones. That idealistic feeling of sitting in the theatre completely immersed in the lives of the characters you’re watching does actually come true some times. One thing you realize by the end of this one is that the acting has been carefully orchestrated to sway the audience’s perceptions at different parts of the timeline. Without giving away too much detail, Fincher plays with the audience’s relationship to characters throughout the entire film. He leads you down a certain path, only to destroy that path completely in the next scene. He puts Ben Affleck’s often vague facial expressions to use like no other director has, and Rosemund Pike, an actress who is generally just a semi-familiar face, has been brought to the acting forefront for her performance in this role. Impending awards on the horizon.
The last thing I’ll comment on is the story content. It’s not just ‘find the lost girl’, it’s so much more than that. The order of events is one that just seems to build continually, which is probably why you care less about the long duration, and by the end, the culmination of all that’s taken place in the character’s lives leaves you in a state of shock. In fact, at one point, the entire audience, and I do mean everyone, gasped when one character does something so shocking it’s the only way you know how to respond. 
There you have it, very vague but no spoilers. This is a must-see psychological crime/thriller, and to say too much would be a crime itself.

The Verdict
An instant classic you’ll never forget. Brooding, moody and entirely unpredictable both in narrative and directive execution.
The Trailer
The Info
DVD Releases: 11th February 2015
Rating: TBC
Duration: 150 minutes
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Director: David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club)
The Extras
Ben Affleck postponed directing a film in order to work with David Fincher. "He's the only director I've met who can do everybody else's job better than they could," states Affleck. On set one day, Affleck changed the lens setting on a camera an almost indiscernible amount, betting a crew member that Fincher wouldn't notice. "But goddammit if he didn't say, 'Why does the camera look a little dim?'"
Gillian Flynn, author of the novel the film is based upon, wrote the screenplay with a different ending to keep readers interested in the film version, and viewers from getting spoiled.
Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Abbie Cornish and Julianne Hough were considered for the role of Amy Dunne.
During an August 2014 interview with New York Magazine, Tyler Perry said that he didn't know anything about the movie's source novel or its director, David Fincher, and that he wouldn't have accepted his role in the movie if he had: "I probably would have walked away from it. If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work, or if I'd known the book was so popular, I would have said, 'No.' And my agent knew that! He didn't tell me until after I signed on!"
Ben Affleck and his character Nick Dunne were both born on August 15.
Although the film is based in North Carthage, Missouri Gone Girl was filmed in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Casting of extras had taken place in the Rose Theatre of Southeast Missouri State University, also located in Cape Girardeau.