Film Review: 'Gone Girl'
October 2, 2014 1:07 p.m.
KPBS film critic Beth Accomando reviews "Gone Girl."
Related Story: 'Gone Girl' Is Perfect First Date Movie — Well Sort Of
ANCHOR INTRO: Gone Girl was a New York Times bestseller before author Gillian Flynn adapted it to the screen. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says the film opens this weekend and examines long term relationships from a fresh perspective.
Gone Girl opens with a man looking at his wife’s head and telling us how he ponders opening her skull, unspool¬ing her brain and sifting through it to try to figure out what she’s thinking. Many people may have similar thoughts about trying to unravel the mystery of a partner. But – as we quickly find out -- Nick and Amy have anything but a typical relationship.
CLIP As you all know my wife Amy Elliott Dunne disappeared 3 days ago, I had nothing to do with my wife’s disappearance, I have nothing to hide.
But there’s a lot that’s hidden in Gone Girl, a story fueled by unreliable narrators. David Fincher has a knack for endowing films with a pervasive sense of unease, which makes him the ideal director to bring Gillian Flynn’s book to the screen. He even imbues the couple’s meet-cute flashback with foreboding thanks to Trent Reznor’s score.
CLIP And who are you?... I’m the guy to save you from all this awesomeness…
Fincher gives us a perversely perfect first date movie – if a couple emerges still trusting each other, they might have a shot at a healthy relationship. Gone Girl is a disquieting thriller. It’s also a great example of how to create female characters. Women drive this film but not in ways you’d expect, and the female characters display a fascinating range of types. That’s rare. So too is an engrossing, cunning tale that manages to continually surprise and impress you.
Beth Accomando, KPBS News.