I just saw GONE GIRL having read the book. I am a fan of all the principals involved: Ben Affleck, David Fincher and Rosamund Pike and hats off to Kim Dickens as the senior Detective. This is a grown up film for grown up people and how we have mired ourself in a world of too much, too much choice, excitement, attention and trying to keep that life balance, which we all need to keep us sane. The people in this story have lost the plot completely and it is a train wreck in progress. I thought it was terrific. Ben Affleck has matured thoroughly as an actor (not to mention Director) over his career, from the time I first time I saw him in one of my favourite films GOOD WILL HUNTING. In that film, his words to Will (Matt Damon), that he would be angry and dismayed if Will did not go on and fulfill the potential in his life, when he (Ben) and their friends would be stuck in dead end jobs in Boston for the rest of their lives, because they didn’t have the talent to get out. Loved David Fincher since FIGHT CLUB and Rosamund Pike is an eye opener as a woman hell bent on destruction, including her own. Haven’t we seen a few of those in our lives? And in literature? Miss Havisham and Estella in GREAT EXPECTATIONS for a start, who leave a trail of destruction and tragedy in their wake.
So my friends I urge you to see it. And read the book, which, thank goodness, was adapted into the outstanding screenplay by the original author, Gillian Flynn. Yes the films ends differently from the book, but when you see it think about, it is subtle and totally believable, while we stumble through our modern world with blinkers on.