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

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. Read Rashid Irani's review.

movie reviews Updated: Nov 02, 2014 01:43 IST
Rashid Irani
Gone Girl

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Gone Girl
Direction:

David Fincher


Actors:

Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike


Rating:

4.5/5


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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