Your home is supposed to be the safest place, and your spouse living there your most trusted person in the whole world. What happens when this trust breaks down?. When one is plotting against the other, without the knowledge of the other. What’s the meaning of your life when you need to live together with a sociopath murderer. And that’s what the movie Gone Girl is all about.
Today I saw the much talked about movie of this season “Gone Girl” starring ‘Ben Affleck’ and ‘Rosamund Pike’. Both have done their roles well, especially Rosamund Pike as the wife the whole city loves, hiding carefully her dark side. The story is about disappearance of a man’s (Nick Dunne) wife, with blood stains in the kitchen and soon after, the police beginning to suspect the husband. The twist is on what really happened, is the husband the real culprit or not. It’s not an unique story line, but the screen play and the Direction was captivating. Until the last 30 minutes, you are left guessing on the real motives. Neil Patrick Harris has underplayed his supporting role well, not much meat for him though. I liked the sister role (Margo Dunne) played by Carrie Coon, she has brought out a caring sisterly love, nicely on screen.
The movie shows how TV media (particularly in USA) is easily manipulated, with everybody playing to the gallery. To succeed it doesn’t matter whether you are telling the truth, but you got to be a “Trained monkey” in front of camera. It shows how that country (true in many other countries as well) has got its idea of justice predominantly based on viewer ratings and not on facts.
The role for Police to do crime investigation in this story has been portrayed to be limited. They are led to conclusions by the evidences that gets discovered, rather than result of any major detective work by them. In a way this highlights crime evidences in real life are never black ‘n’ white, they don’t spotlight good and bad that sharply.
I would have preferred a clean ending, with bad people getting punished, good living happily ever after. But the climax turned out to be different and disturbing, but that has made the movie to stand out from the crowd. The climax is what that got me to write the opening paragraph of this post. Overall a good drama to enjoy with your better-half.