'Gone Girl' is the Film of the Year For Reasons That Might Surprise You

October 1, 2014 4:50 AM

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David Fincher loves characters who are difficult to love. He shows his affection by framing them with unerring precision — and as Michael Nordine wrote in our review, it’s a level of care that often exceeds his material. The story of ex-journalist Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) coping with police and press scrutiny after estranged wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) vanishes under mysterious circumstances, Fincher’s prowess transforms "Gone Girl" into a blend of media satire and gender politics that zips along at a giddy and unpredictable pace. "I liked many parts of it, but I still think it failed," said one insider Friday night after Fincher's "Gone Girl" opened the 51st New York Film Festival, encapsulating the divide.

While Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' soundtrack elevates the intensity, and Affleck's fame imbues his role with an enjoyable meta dimension, it's Pike who truly rises to the occasion by endowing her femme fatale with a dizzying uncertainty. Stop to scrutinize and "Gone Girl" collapses into soapy mel...

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