The Horror Honeys: Relationships, bad. Single life, GOOD!

Relationships, bad. Single life, GOOD!

A Better Late than Never Revenge Honey Review by Linnie

Gone Girl (2014)

Nick: Fuck. You're delusional. I mean, you're insane, why would you even want this? Yes, I loved you and then all we did was resent each other, try to control each other. We caused each other pain.
Amy: That's marriage.

When I read Gillian Flynn's blockbuster relationship thriller Gone Girl last year, I was totally blown away. Not necessarily by the story, which was of course, exceptional, but by Flynn's utterly cynical outlook on modern marriage. I loved that from one minute to the next, you never knew which of Flynn's characters to trust, or side with, and that by the end, you basically didn't trust anyone. I'm sure that like anyone reading Gone Girl, I had my own visions of the characters, but my biggest concern in adapting the intricately drawn novel for the screen was how that back and forth could possibly translate. Of course, since David Fincher directed and Flynn adapted her own screenplay, my concerns were baseless. Gone Girl the film is extraordinary. Even if it is twice as brutal and unsettling as the novel.

The Story: Nick and Amy Dunne seem to have the perfect, recession-era marriage. But when Amy goes missing one morning, a media firestorm erupts and Nick becomes public enemy number one. But is Nick the smarmy charmer he appears to be? And is Amy as amazing as the media portrays her? More importantly... can you ever truly know another person?

The casting for Gone Girl could not have been more perfect. Ben Affleck basically IS Nick Dunne: a charming car salesman with a snake oil smile. He not only has the ideal look for the role, but also the air of frustrated arrogance needed for the kind of man that would cluelessly end up in a situation like Nick's. Rosamund Pike was equally stunning as Amy. Because she wasn't terribly well-known yet, Pike was a blank slate that we could project all of Amy's unknowns onto, and it worked out beautifully. Pike was a perfect chameleon as Amy and gave an award-worthy performance. My favorite supporting roles came from Carrie Coon as Nick's twin Margo, superbly cast, and the biggest surprise of all, Tyler Perry as defense lawyer Tanner Bolt. I had no idea the man could really act and it was quite the revelation.

And of course, because this was a Fincher film, the true thrill came in seeing some of the most shocking scenes from Flynn's book brought to bloody, arterial spraying life. Even as a watcher of obscene amounts of horror, I was utterly breathless at the direction and performances of a particular scene involving Amy and Neil Patrick Harris's Desi Collings. In most cases, I truly believe the terror of film can not match your imagination... This was not one of those cases. David Fincher is the master of not-quite-horror for a reason and Gone Girl has already topped the list as one of my new favorites.

Gone Girl is subtle, it is beautiful, it is tense, and it is terrifying. If you aren't giving the suspicious eyebrow to everyone of the opposite gender after you walk out of this film, you weren't paying attention.

Revenge Honey Rating: 4 Media Frenzies out of 5
+ 1 point for Trent Reznor's spectacular soundtrack!