Ruminations

Gone Girl: Movie Review

Note: This review was originally written for The Daily of the University of Washington with the help of talented arts editor, Danielle Palmer-Friedman. 

Let’s get this out of the way early: Author Gillian Flynn is smarter than you. She’s smarter than all of us. Her 2012 novel “Gone Girl” is an unprecedented feat of fiction writing. It is a surprisingly true original. At times it feels like Flynn has reached inside of you and is twisting and turning your emotions along with her unexpected plot. 

It was a bit of a surprise that the movie adaptation, directed by David Fincher, managed to keep pace with its text of origin. This was no doubt aided by the fact that Flynn was brought on board to write the screenplay, but Fincher, we can assume, must be pretty smart too. 

“Gone Girl” tells the story of married couple Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and Amy Elliott Dunne (Rosamund Pike). They were in love once, we know from her diary, but now their marriage is singed with hatred, doused in an as-yet-unkindled gasoline, which Amy finally lights. 

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