Why would anyone want to get married? Love, right? Children, could be. Money, yes there are financial advantages. Sex, certainly. Fear, maybe. Fear of being alone? Balanced against the fear of loss of independence? The big question is this “Is this person really who they say they are?” After watching Gone Girl most married people will probably sleep with one eye open and one foot on the floor. If a couple is planning a wedding they might just push the date out a few more months just to be sure.
Nick and Amy Dunne seem to have the perfect marriage. Both are good looking and well educated, articulate, informed, with a great sense of humor. I’m sure they listen to NPR, so they are good people right? So what is the problem? The problem is one of them might be a psychopath, maybe both. Thats not always a bad thing is it? Doesn’t love conquer all?
Gone Girl contains some of the worst trauma people can inflict on another, exposes the darker side of human nature, and is likely to disturb the more sensitive viewer. And if you’re the kind of person that needs to identify with the protagonist and feel some affinity for them, then this movie should be avoided. This psychodrama would feel right at at home in the hands of Alfred Hitchcock, and David Fincher the director manages to ski down this mountain of misinformation all the while slaloming around insane behavior, crazy plot twists. and a giant media frenzy while revealing just enough information to keep us off balance and wanting more.
Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language. [rating=4]