Gone Girl review: A cleverly constructed script makes this a must watch

  • Rashid Irani, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 02, 2014 01:43 IST

Gone Girl

David Fincher


Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike



Adapted from her own titular bestseller by Gillian Flynn and directed with characteristic brio by David Fincher (Se7en), Gone Girl is an ink-dark drama about the dissipation of a seemingly perfect marriage.

Part mystery-thriller, part social satire, the story zeroes in on a jobless journalist couple in suburban Missouri. When he is not guzzling bourbon at a downtown bar, the husband (Affleck) passes the time playing war-themed videogames. And she (Pike) is a slick-haired blonde who harbours resentment towards her parents as well as her spouse.

Then, on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, the wife inexplicably disappears. There is evidence of a struggle and before long the husband becomes the prime suspect in a possible murder. Is he a killer? Or is he the victim? Constantly upending the viewer’s expectations, it is a cleverly constructed script.

Cross-cutting between the ongoing investigation and gleanings from the missing wife’s diary, the narrative gradually reveals details of the couple’s domestic discontent.

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