The new movie, GONE GIRL, is a hit with audiences and critics a like. But even though it's very entertaining, it's not all that satisfying.
The film is a well made crime thriller based on the best selling novel by Gillian Flynn who also created the screenplay.
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are terrific as a very messed up married couple, and the direction by David Fincher is impeccable.
But this is a dark and cynical movie with a low opinion of human beings.
In flashback we see Nick and Amy meet in New York. But after a couple of years of wedded bliss, they lose their jobs and move to Missouri to care for Nick's dying mother. And to put it mildly the marriage has lost its luster.
Amy: We can't go on like this.
Nick: It's not good enough for you?
Amy: It's not even close.
On their fifth anniversary, Nick comes home to an apparent crime scene and no trace of Amy.
When Nick is interrogated, he doesn't seem very concerned and he isn't very helpful.
Detective: Does amy have friends we can talk to?
Nick: No, not really.
Detective: You don't know if she has friends. You don't know what she does all day. And you don't know your wife's blood type.
The investigation turns up Amy's diary which puts Nick under suspicion.
In voice over we hear Amy's words:
Amy's voice: I finally realized I am frightened of my own husband.
Detective (reading): “This man may kill me." In her own words: “This man may truly kill me."
Nick appeals to the public for help at a huge gathering of volunteers.
Nick: As you all know, my wife, Amy Elliot Dunne, disappeared three days ago…. I had nothing to do with the disappearance of my wife. I have nothing to hide.
He also hires a famous lawyer and goes on TV to try to improve his image.
TV interviewer: Nick Dunne, you're probably the most hated man in America right now. Did you kill your wife, Nick?
Nick: I never touched her.
Is he lying? I'm not about to answer that question because watching the plot unfold in surprise after surprise is one of the real pleasures of watching GONE GIRL.
But I do want to point out that director David Fincher has been quoted as saying: “I think people are perverts. That's the foundation of my career."
That belief makes it difficult to really care about the main characters in GONE GIRL.
For those interested in learning about David Fincher's style:http://nofilmschool.com/2014/10/what-does-david-fincher-not-do-directors-techniques
Terry Hunter, Hawaii news now. firstname.lastname@example.org