Marriage, media, and possible murder all combine and coalesce in the new film Gone Girl. This movie is very dark, excellently acted, and wickedly funny.
And Amy? We see and learn about her through her journal entries -- and her marriage to Nick. At first they were blissful, successful newlyweds living and working in Manhattan. But when they were both laid off and money ran low, they moved to Nick's hometown. Amy becomes more fearful of Nick's violent side, as their marital problems lead to hear fears that Nick could hurt her, or even kill her. And then there's a big change...
This all works together thanks to some terrific actors, directed by David Fincher. Ben Affleck, who's gained respect and success in recent years, plays Nick perfectly as the regular guy who could as easily be innocent as guilty. Rosamund Pike is amazing as Amy, who paints a different picture of things than her husband does (and who also has a way of getting what she wants). The supporting cast is terrific in their roles, and Fincher manages to bring a bleakness and darkness to the proceedings -- along with frequent blasts of dark humor.
Gone Girl is certainly grim, and it's also engaging and gives the viewer plenty to think about. Just like a great movie should.
Overall grade: A
Reviewed by James Lynch