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The plot of Gone Girl
Nick Dunne is tired of his life, tired of having to put up with his wife’s attitudes, the way she excludes him when handling money, convinced that he shouldn’t have signed a prenuptial agreement.
His wife-turned-housewife Amy had been the inspirational muse for a popular series of children’s books called Amazing Amy , created by her parents, two famous psychologists from the Big Apple.Lost (Gone Girl) is one of the best thrillers of recent years.
She also suffers with the situation in which both are plunged; that impulsive man, with writer’s aspirations, with a future ahead of him, with whom she had fallen in love, had given way to this moody and inactive Nick who slept next to her every night and who used her almost as a sexual outlet .
Nick and Amy had met at a party in Brooklyn (they both worked in the publishing field) and it was attraction at first sight. Due to the deep American crisis of the time (around 2008) both lost their jobs, which accelerated the decision to leave New York for Missouri to take care of Nick’s mother who was seriously ill.At first things are idyllic between Nick and Amy, then the crisis will come.
After reflecting on the situation, he has decided to put an end to his marriage and ask for a divorce, just on the day of his fifth anniversary , but first he takes a tour of “The Bar”, that is the name of the business he decided to set up. the wife in North Carthage, Missouri.
While he is talking sarcastically with his sister Margo (bar manager) about Amy , he will receive a call from a neighbor who tells him that the door of his house is open.
Nick returns immediately and upon entering finds some broken furniture and clear signs of a fight. Amy is missing and, not surprisingly, she calls the police. Detective Rhonda Boney is going to take charge of the case and she is going to suspect him from the first moment. Probably because of Nick ‘s reserved and undemonstrative character that she doesn’t seem to interpret the clear signs that can be seen in his house in an obvious way.Nick is not believed by either his own or strangers.
Boney , seeing that Amy is known for being Amazing Amy , proposes (or forces) her to make her disappearance public. Nick ‘s strange and apathetic attitude will make him an easy target for the suspicions of the media treating him as if he were a sociopath. Meanwhile, the detective will collect information that will put Nick in a difficult position to sustain, without realizing that she is being manipulated to have a culprit to apply the death penalty.
A film with two parallel stories
David Fincher ‘s film generates tension that is accentuated as the minutes go by, that is the strong point of a film in which we do not quite believe what the protagonists tell us, as if the truth were in a place which is difficult to access. Neither Nick is a saint, nor Amy a witch, but neither is the opposite.
Lost (Gone Girl) is divided almost neatly into three chapters: two with a longer duration and the last as an epilogue in which the protagonists must live with the world that they gradually created, a trap from which they can hardly get out. .A poster of the movie.
The way in which Fincher presents us with the episodes that are forming a whole, between things that are hidden and lies that come to light, is really attractive. He puts you on paths that go in one direction and the other, making you take part on each side alternately. This back and forth seems fantastic to me because, even knowing the facts, you are never in a position to definitively choose a side.
And the good thing is that the data is given to you, little by little, it is true, but they are there, without the need to hide them for a final surprise. Without a doubt, one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in recent years.
The 2014 film is based on the 2012 book of the same name written by Gillian Flynn who, on the other hand, also adapted the book to create the screenplay. The protagonists are: Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne), Rosamund Pike (Amy Elliott-Dunne), Neil Patrick Harris (Desi Collings), Carrie Coon (Margo Dunne), Tyler Perry (Tanner Bolt) and Kim Dickens (Detective Rhonda Boney).
The film had an Oscar nomination ( Rosamund Pike for best leading actress) and 4 Golden Globe nominations (Director, actress, screenplay and soundtrack).