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Gone Girl (2014)
October 14, 2014, 5:49 pm
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Director: David Fincher
5 Stars
Gone GirlIn one of the earliest memories of their relationship, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) attempts to make his face more trustworthy to his wife to be, Amy (Rosamund Pike), by using two fingers to cover up the cleft on his chin. It’s a revealing gesture for a myriad of reasons–this being a film about assuming identities, the performance qualities inherent to a marriage, and most pressingly so the narrative’s own game of misdirection. On a micro scale, it’s every bit as manipulative as the actions of any character in a film full of conflicting agendas. Even after Gone Girl reveals its hand as a pulpy satire, it remains grounded as a darkly comic rumination about marriage–of our tendency to wear masks for not only our sake, but to gain power over our loved ones.

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