David Fincher – two words synonymous with quality film. So naturally when I heard Fincher was lined up to direct Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel Gone Girl. I was immediately on board. Especially considering this would mark film number five he directed that started as a novel. The others including Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network, and of course, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This time around Fincher delivers this crime drama effortlessly matching not only the tone of the book but creating a stand out movie that will not soon be forgotten.
Our story starts with a face and a look. The face belongs to Amy Dunne but the look is something else altogether. The story begins when Nick Dunne comes home to find a sign of a struggle and his wife missing. Nick finds himself in the middle of a real life Law & Order episode as it starts to become apparent something terrible has happened to his wife. We follow Nick along the journey for answers however, it all seems slightly amiss as clue after clue starts to ask the question, “Did Nick Dunne murder his wife?” As the mystery unfolds, we are left with more questions than answers as the search for Amazing Amy begins.
Fincher had the rare opportunity to film the entirety of Gone Girl in 6k using his brand new Epic Dragon. The incredible resolution allowed the team to pull rich colors and high detail for the film. The transfer to blu-ray seems flawless which comes at no surprise considering the equipment they were able to use. Fincher has always used his sense of style to draw out the tone of the story and with Gone Girl, this is no different. The movie feels dark and mysterious from the very first scene making us aware something’s amiss just like any other Fincher Film.
Picture Quality 5/5
Once again, Fincher implores the talents of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to create an unforgettable composition that will surely be remembered by anyone who watches the film. The care in transferring this film to home viewing is impressive and seamless. The use of a big bold score within the story creates an air of mystery while at the same time drawing you in for an unforgettable movie experience. You will not struggle with the remote on this one.
There are a lot of things I rather love about the packaging for this movie. I love the simple paper feel of the packaging itself, it feels elegant and suiting. I love the included bonus booklet Amazing Amy: Tattle Tale. I like the fact that the movie and booklet slide out of the left side (I don’t know why, I just do). However, I do not like the FOX advertising on the cover. It seems completely unnecessary and sort of ruins it for me. I also dislike how easily the material seems to get damaged. As a buyer, it would be near impossible to get one in perfect condition. I would have loved it if they would have been able to find a middle ground between elegant and easily damaged.
This is by far one of the most disappointing things about this edition. The only special feature offered was a Director’s Commentary. While the Director’s Commentary is great, its just disappointing considering how well the movie is presented, its overall packaging, and the inclusion of the Amazing Amy book. You are certainly lead to expect something a little fancier in the Special features department.
Special Features 1/5
This movie left me wanting more; however, I am not sure that is a good thing. It just seemed to miss the mark ever so slightly. That being said, overall it is enjoyable, well written, and exceptionally executed. By far the best thing about Gone Girl is Rosamund Pike. She hits the crazy nail on the head in this movie. As far as David Fincher movies go, it ranks rather low for me. This movie, however, still tells a magnificent crime drama and should definitely be given a chance. You can purchase the version in the review HERE.