The best thing about Gone Girl is that it reaffirms the delusional beliefs of these idiots (because they are reading the movie wrong):
http://www.reddit.com/r/MensRights/comm ... _girl_yet/
http://www.reddit.com/r/TheRedPill/comm ... _analysis/
Maybe Gone Girl will become their bible.
The best bit of the movie was probably when the camera shows us the calendar, and Amy has gotten "Kill Self?" post-it notes on like, 6 different dates. It's dark and funny, and in a movie with a surprising number of comic-relief moments, and stands head-and-shoulders above the rest.
As usual, Fincher has crafted such a meticulous film. When Amy slices the throat of Neil Patrick Harris and is sprayed with his blood, her hair remains untouched and perfect. It's such a great little detail, and adds to the surreality, or perhaps even unreality of the film.
It seems a common response to the film is that it mocks misogyny (or is misogynistic, which is an even more problematic viewpoint), with Amy basically being every woman-hater's 'fear'. I think how 'America' lapped it all up was probably a more damning indictment, though. It's just such a cynical movie, with Nick (Affleck) and Amy (Pike) both engaging in elaborate character assassination in order to 'win' the crowd's belief.
I thought the perspectives in this film were really quite complex. For example, for the first half of the film, Amy is noticeably absent. All we get of her are the 'flashbacks' that she has largely fabricated to their budding romance in New York, and the comically over-written, hipster-style dialogue. But the way the camera shoots these flashbacks, it's almost... well, disgusting. We get unflattering shots, lingering shots that punctuate awful dialogue, and a blurry, unreal style that is immediately jarring and odd. What this is, is Amy's (fake) recollection of their dating days, but as viewed from Nick's perspective. It's all bullshit to him, but then again, he's all bullshit, too. It's clever, and not immediately obvious, but the longer the film goes on, the more of a feel you get that the camera is simply disgusted, or perhaps appalled, in much the same way Nick would be if he read through the diary entries. It's an interesting device, actually, because had they played the ridiculous dialogue straight, it would have not worked at all.
EDIT: In fact, I would actually argue that the flashbacks are the only
part of the film (cinematographically) told form Nick's
point of view.
If I had to classify Gone Girl (the film), I'd call it a satire. Marriage is painted in such polar ways, the police are (largely) inept, and the media are just a notch below Amy on the "Shark Scale". And the public love it, and we as the audience watch it (this hilariously broken marriage falling apart)... if you want to get meta.
I particularly liked how the (not-so-)dumb white trash hick saw through Amy's bullshit from the very beginning. On the one hand, we have this mastermind criminal who is about to pull off a framing of the decade, and on the other, this white trash girl who just robs the 'genius' out of pure impulse.
IMO Pike's performance was standout, and she far out-acted Affleck. When she's watching Affleck's interview with Desi (Neil Patrick Harris), she's just such a totally different person, completely involved and entranced, wondering how it's going to play out. Pike really sells it. She did a fantastic job. I don't usually like to comment on acting when discussing film (because it is irrelevant), but it was the most memorable role for me out of all the films I've seen this year.
The funniest thing about the film, though, is how no matter what anybody does in this film, everybody is still fucking miserable. Then you remember that the whole film (sans flashbacks) are told from Amy's point of view. Everything that happens to Nick is how she planned it to happen. Then Nick surprises her (an an interview we don't get to see until *she* sees it), and she says something like "You understand me." This is funny because she's speaking to the audience -- us. Because we were longing for this moment of victory for Affleck. Once the fourth wall is broken, it becomes comical. She kills Desi in a ridiculous manner, the police overlook it even to the point of not questioning how she got the murder weapon
when she was tied up. She then comes home, and they both (Nick and Amy) continue engage in their sham marriage. Everybody is still miserable.
Amy denied us what we wanted. She
. It's an unhappy ending, and it's funny. Unhappily-ever-after.