I was finally able to see Gone Girl over the weekend and as I expected from a David Fincher production, it was a fantastic film. I had some spoiler free thoughts I’d like to share.
The opening credits were unique. Not because of the shots of the town that Nick and Amy live in, but because of the fast-paced fade-away transitions of the text.
To describe it a bit clearer, the text that displayed the actors, directors, and producers names would be put on screen for a shorter amount of time that the viewer is used to and faded away just as fast. If you blinked, you’d miss them. That unique display of text paired with quick cuts of the town and a killer score, sets up the entire tone of the film.
The score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who also composed Fincher’s superb The Social Network) was a big part of this film — almost like playing a supporting role. Fincher didn’t overuse the music. In some scenes you almost forget a score was created for the film, but that made it all the better when you were pleasantly (or unpleasantly) surprised by its industrial and ominous feeling. It was pretty genius because even the parts of the film that show a couple at their happiest times, the score made you feel a sense of uncertainty.
It would be unfair to discuss the acting without giving key plot points and twists away, but I do want to touch on a couple of more things.
For a film that turns everything upside down within the first 45 minutes, it’s tough to cut a compelling trailer without giving even a hint away and I must commend the editor who was able to accomplish that.
I did not read the book before hand, but my wife did and from what she tells me, the adaptation was done pitch perfectly and any thing that was cut out was either incorporated into other scenes or unimportant and would be redundant to display on screen. I’m not too shocked about this fact because the author of the novel also adapted it for screen. Something that we are seeing more and more as of late. There have been too many past films that have butchered the experience the novel gave you.
There aren’t many films that when they end, I’m begging for more, but Gone Girl accomplished that feeling for me. I’m a realistic moviegoer and I know filmmakers are working in the confines of the book, script, and screen time, but when you sit through a two and a half hours movie and you are ready to do another two and a half hours, that’s when you know you’ve just seen something special and worth talking about.