Amy Dunne and the Two Lauras: A Consideration of Gone Girl

October 6, 2014 8:21 PM

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This is ostensibly a review of David Fincher's new movie Gone Girl, and it will contain all the requisite movie-review language, like "riveting" and "logically-flawed," "Oscar-worthy" and "misstep." But it is also a little story about two Lauras. One of them is only imagined. The other is very real. They are both crucial to understanding Gone Girl and its central character, Amy Dunne.

But wait, I hear you say: Isn't the central character in the movie Ben Affleck? He's in all the trailers. (And by God were there a lot of trailers.) He's a big star. The blonde -- that's Amy, right? -- she's an actress largely unknown to the wide spectrum of American audiences. She must be important...

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