Steel Notes Magazine September 2016 - Page 64

Steel Notes Magazine July & August 2016 Jerry Saravia Gone Girl Film Review Affleck is still chasing Amy It is tempting to dismiss “Gone Girl” after its opening scenes of a somewhat haggard Ben Affleck driving to a local bar called “The Bar” with a coffee drink in his hand, talking to a female bartender who begins with the typical “Look who finally graced us with their presence” statement. I was almost ready to give up since the scene reminded me of those Edward Burns and other indie rom-coms of the 90’s, heck Affleck was in some of those. But as the scene unfolds, we learn the bartender is actually Affleck’s sister and Affleck’s character actually co-owns The Bar. Then he arrives home to find his wife is missing and one of the living room tables has been smashed. Director David Fincher immediately fashions a cool sense of suspense and menace, almost a creepy vibe washed with placid, dull colors. Affleck looks dull, his sister looks dull, and everything looks plain and rather bland. Naturally, that is the point. If everything looked as pristinely beautiful with a Technicolor tint as in the opening scenes of David Lynch’s suburban nightmare “Blue Velvet,” the creepy vibe would not be as strong for this intense story. People can go nuts in perfectly balanced bland suburban towns. Based on a best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn who also wrote the intricate screenplay, Ben Affleck is the disaffected Nick Dunne who discovers that something besides his Best Director Oscar is missing (sorry, it had to be said). All hell breaks loose and the media has a field day with his wife’s disappearance. Naturally, Nick is seen as a murderer, the husband who did away with his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), the inspiration for her parents’ books called “Amazing Amy.” Nick makes every mistake imaginable – he smiles for the cameras, shows no real remorse or emotion especially when supposedly feigning concern at a candlelight vigil in honor of Amy, and still carries on an affair with a younger woman. This whole section of the film, including 64 Steel Notes Magazine