One of the most famous thrillers of the decade, “Gone Girl” by David Fincher, has been holding the bar for a movie “like it” after watching it for more than five years. What is the secret of the success of one of the best projects about the hidden side of marriage and why “Gone Girl” has long earned its cult status.
“Gone” as the perfect balance of light and darkness
David Fincher is undoubtedly a master of his craft. Combining death (grayness and darkness) and life (electric lamps and candles) in his paintings, he not only opposes life to death, or vice versa, but also demonstrates the darkest corners of the human soul on the one hand, and all that good that exists in the world, with another. As conceived by Fincher, this is not a given and not a miracle. After all, candles or electric light is the work of a person, that is, a complex robot over oneself in relation to loved ones, friends or a loved one. Thus, “Gone Girl” becomes an ideal example of the reflection of the meaning of Fincher’s paintings.
According to the plot, the heroine Rosamund Pike is faced with the indifference of her husband, and only rare moments of happiness, such as meeting or celebrating an anniversary in a cafe, are shown in a warm, almost lamp-like atmosphere. All other movements of the heroes are filled with grayness and the absence of the so-called “Fincher’s light”. This also includes the first and last frames from the film, the color correction of which reflects the end result of Amy’s struggle for love, albeit feigned, on the part of her husband.
“Gone Girl” as an example of the ideal Fincher hero
Almost all Fincher’s heroes, like many other characters no less significant for the cinema, ask questions. The characters of “Zodiac” and “Seven” are interested in who is this elusive killer maniac. “Who is Tyler Durden?” The Fight Club narrator keeps asking. And if in all of the above films the questions of the main characters were woven into the general canvas of the narrative, you must admit, it would be strange if the hero of Morgan Freeman in Seven casually did not ask himself the question of the killer. Then Nick Dunn, driven by a desire to understand what thoughts and plans are hidden in the head of his psychopathic wife, without receiving any answers, asks these questions to Amy herself. “What’s in your head, what are you thinking” – at the beginning and at the end Ben Affleck’s hero asks. His efforts to find answers are commendable.
“Gone Girl” as an example of a perfect open ending
The open ending of the picture asks even more questions, and the very fact that we do not know how and how the story of Amy and Nick Dunn’s relationship will end causes serious dissonance and a feeling of confusion. But isn’t this what the director was trying to achieve, because stories with a closed ending and understandable characters are pictures that are easy to perceive and do not raise unpleasant questions.
At the end of the film, the news of the pregnancy of the heroine Rosamund Pike not only surprises, but puts all the dots on the i’s. First, it’s likely that Amy Dunn is really pregnant. From whom and when, it does not matter. Secondly, the fact of pregnancy, as well as its rapid coverage in the press, makes the heroes “freeze” in an already existing situation. The final fixes them in a state for years to come. They are under the scrutiny of the public interest and none of them will be able to throw out any trick, be it treason or their own kidnapping.
We will not argue with the fact that Gone Girl is a quality detective thriller. We also won’t deny that Gone Girl is a great example of unexpected abusive relationships. In the sense that it is impossible to single out someone more “guilty” from the delightful Pike / Affleck tandem. In the end, “Gone Girl” is just a great movie for the evening, which amazes not only with the plot, approach to details, dialogues and motivation of the leading characters, but also with the desire to think about: do you know what is in your soulmate’s head?