David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, starts off with a day of a couple’s fifth wedding anniversary when a husband, Nick (Ben Affleck) discovers the missing of his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike). As the investigation gets underway, Nick begins to admit more surprising facts about his marriage/private life to the point where his self-incrimination becomes inevitable.
One of the most brilliant things about ‘Gone Girl’ is that it is a very entertaining and sarcastically funny movie, with Fincher’s direction being smooth and controlled throughout. Another amazing thing is Rosamund Pike’s brilliant, versatile performance, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Although Pike showed off her excellent portrayals of genuinely sweet and caring women in ‘An Education’ (2009) and ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (2005), here, the actress takes her acting skills to a completely new level. In ‘Gone Girl’, Pike jumps from portraying a sweet, devoted wife to displaying a cunning woman, whose mental and emotional conditions lead her to commit actions of unexpected cruelty.