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‘Gone Girl’ Paints Brilliant, Psychotic Fantasy

Psychotic. That was the first word that came out of my mouth after exiting the theater, over two-and-a-half hours after Gone Girl began. Psychotic in a way that I imagine only a handful of people can truly understand. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that if you ever meet someone who says they totally understood the characters in Gone Girl, you should run…for your life.

Gone Girl comes from best selling author Gillian Flynn and to understand this movie, you have to fear for her soul. It is a masterpiece of chaos wrapped around two actors that gave powerful performances. Ben Affleck (Argo, The Town) is at his very best, walking the line between depraved and wholesome while Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, An Education) gives a performance worthy of an Academy Award.

These performances are wrapped in cinematic beauty. Each shot is carefully crafted and we’d expect nothing less from director David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club). Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth (The Social Network, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) worked with Fincher once again to create a perfect landscape of darkness, set in a town that in an alternative universe, would be the happiest place on earth.

One thing that always seems to stand out in Fincher’s movies is the music. With one Academy Award already under their belt for The Social Network, the team of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross returned with their third score (the other was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). The music set the stage perfectly. Without it you wouldn’t have been able to follow a story that flopped so many times it’s hard to keep in perspective.

The team of Fincher, Cronenweth, Reznor and Ross have become one hell of a foursome but there are others in the group as well. Laray Mayfield has handled casting for many of the movies and Kirk Baxter is Fincher’s editor of choice. Gone Girl is a mesmerizing, psychotic ride that must be experienced. It will make your heart race, break and empathize, over and over again and when it’s all over, you’ll be left wanting just a little bit more.

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