Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' pits Affleck against Pike in a wicked satire of marriage

September 27, 2014 7:06 AM

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Review: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' pits Affleck against Pike in a wicked satire of marriage

David Fincher has been frequently compared to Stanley Kubrick over the course of his career, and most of the time, the comparison is based on the most facile of things. Sure, there's a level of technical mastery to the films Fincher makes that is almost hard to believe, on the same level as that displayed by Kubrick, but I think there's another reason that the comparison is apt, one that goes deeper and that isn't just about how they approach their craft.

At his best, David Fincher makes films that feel like they were made by an alien who is visiting Earth, someone who is determined to understand the way these strange naked apes behave, and it's that same sort of cultural anthropologist voice that marked many of Kubrick's movies. There is a feeling w...

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