Directed by the wonderful David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network, House of Cards), this film boasted wonderful character portrayal and development as well as being beautifully shot and edited. It was long but didn't feel it, which is always a good thing.. nothing worse than a marathon of a film that feels dragged out.
The script was written by the author of the original book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn but as I haven't read it I can't comment on the two in comparison! I'm sure it stayed true to the essence of the novel, though, being adapted by its own author. It was very well done and the twist/reveal halfway through the film was well-executed and the way the script fluidly skipped between different days and stories was easy to follow but still left the audience guessing throughout, which is always enjoyable when you don't know the story already!
Rosamund Pike was completely brilliant, in the title role of the 'Gone Girl', Amy Elliot Dunne. Her sense of character and balance for the correct level of play was beautifully executed. She is strong and real and plays the twisted character in a way that the audience still relates to her and is intrigued, not hating her character but not liking her particularly either. She is watchable and enchanting and her onscreen relationships are deep, believable and have a real spark. Some people could play a messed up woman in a wooden and uninteresting or non-relatable way but her character development over such a long film and time period covered in the script is a real skill, when you think about how films are made - she may have filmed scenes in succession that are days, weeks, months, years apart in the final edit of the film which requires a great level of work and character understanding and research as well as concentration and skill, of course. She's a talented lady and I was certainly envious of the role!
The role of Nick Dunne played by Ben Affleck, was also brilliantly executed. The audience is questioning his position in the story for some time and he does the role justice and builds great relationships and genuine thoughts and feelings for the audience to analyse. Since his success in Good Will Hunting, Affleck seemed to end up in too many romcoms and not be using his talent to it's full potential but I believe that, much like Matthew McConaughey, he was type cast for a while and has hopefully come out the other side and will be in many more exciting and thrilling films like Gone Girl, because he was great.
I listen to the music in films a lot more than I ever did, since I married James. Because we talk about music and scores for different things and I hear his new ideas and work and ask him questions about theory of music and what he thinks of different things, it is much more at the forefront of my mind now. However, I am far from being an expert! I thought the music in Gone Girl was really great.. it really fitted and enhanced the film, which is exactly what you want from a film score. You almost want it to go unnoticed at times, because it's supposed to enhance your viewing experience and fit in with the emotion and journey of the film. So, inevitably and probably quite unlike my husband, I didn't listen to the whole score because I am more driven by the characters and story and acting when watching films, but I loved the use of it at certain times that did remind me The Social Network (same composers - Trent Reznor in collaboration with Atticus Ross) and indeed Inception (another favourite of mine) during suspense and dramatic moments. Brilliantly done.