jing’s review published on Letterboxd:
oh how the turn tables
my second fincher film and i’m just as speechless as i was after seeing the first one, if not more. i’m honestly just awestruck and at a loss for words, and i’ve been sitting here thinking about how i feel about this film, but all i can do is let out a laugh and shake my head in awe and disbelief.
a product of fincher’s unparalleled precision, gone girl spellbindingly combines a relentless narrative with masterful execution. it is a riveting experience from start to finish, never once missing a beat and practically making the two and a half hour runtime fly by in the blink of an eye, all while maintaining that fincher feel. right from the beginning, my eyes were glued to the screen (ignoring some particularly bloody scenes here), and the tracking shots, the lighting and the editing instantly took me back to my mindhunter binge. david fincher is undoubtedly a master of precision, and it vividly reflects in his work. the meticulousness with which fincher explores this world is inimitable; combining mesmerizing cinematography, an excellent script and a bone-chilling soundtrack to hijack not only your eyes, but to create an even more sinister and almost intoxicating atmosphere that’s just as entertaining as it is engaging and compelling. though i have to admit that i’m not always a fan of his color grading, i had the same issue with mindhunter. particularly during gone girl, it occasionally even took me out of the experience because the hue felt too unrealistic or because of sudden changes in hue after a cut.
nevertheless, this movie was probably one of the most immersive experiences i’ve had in the past two weeks. sometimes, while i’m watching a movie, i start trying to pinpoint why it’s making me feel a certain way by paying closer attention to camera movement, editing or lighting, but not with gone girl. the gripping screenplay and enthralling story make it impossible to think about anything else, much more focus on technical aspects while watching the narrative with its twists and turns slowly unfold. throughout the whole film, fincher and flynn maintain a perfectly-paced balance between tension, mystery and gradual resolution, slowly feeding us the story, but never letting us fully grasp it. every time we have just processed new information, the movie gives us another piece of the puzzle that challenges our previous view of the story. while i was a little skeptical of the flashbacks narrated by rosamund pike’s character at first, i started to really like them as they became more and more crucial to the story and, eventually, seamlessly blended into it.
pike’s performance is one of my favorite parts about this film, she completely OWNS her character, occasionally sweet, occasionally scary, but most of all, deceiving us among with the other characters in the movie and subsequently making the experience even more immersive.
the reason i’m not rating this any higher is because i just didn’t feel it. film is art, and art is subjective, which is also the beauty of it, i suppose. i’m not the biggest fan of intense thrillers or gore, and as much as i hate to admit it, this movie, as exciting and captivating as it is, was sometimes just a little too much for me personally in terms of tension and darkness. which of course could also mean that it is just a pretty darn good movie which does a pretty darn good job at creating an immersive experience. i’m pretty late to the party already, but i couldn’t be more excited to check out fincher’s other work (decided to watch all of his movies before seeing mank!)