"Gone Girl" Review

If director David Fincher is signed on to a movie you can expect it to have a signature tone and pace. Fincher’s latest, “Gone Girl”- save a few scenes- does not disappoint. Despite it's main character's being people you probably don't care for, it’s a mystery of blockbuster proportions that will have you hooked.

On the day of their five year wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) comes home to find his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. With signs of a struggle inside the house, and Nick’s nonchalant attitude, he quickly falls under the microscope of the police and public as suspect #1. Part of the brilliance of the story is that we see their courtship and marriage from beginning to present unfold through Amy’s diary and the investigation. As the story moves forward we learn that things aren’t as they seem.

You can only go so far in reviewing the film without getting into spoiler territory. The key to the film’s success is that it hypnotically sweeps you into the whirlwind of the missing person investigation. The performances from the actors are top notch across the board. Affleck’s ability to play an “every man” works to this film’s advantage as you don’t know whether to trust him or not. Carrie Coon is excellent as Nick’s twin sister. The chemistry between the two is as good as it gets. Tyler Perry turns in his best performance...ever...as an extremely talented attorney, Tanner Bolt. Pike’s performance is the standout of the group and when you see the film you’ll know why.

The film would be perfect except a few scenes that pull you out of the movie, making the tone feel comical when it shouldn’t. Outside of that, Fincher has you in the palm of his hand for the two and a half hour run time of the film. The lengthy run time is necessary to tell the full story, and it moves surprisingly fast. In fact, you probably will want to see more by the time it ends, and the ending will probably be much talked about.  

Rating: B+

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Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.