A trained monkey who doesn’t get the lethal injection – Gone Girl, based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn is a David Fincher directed film, in which one of the central characters is in deep, way deep trouble – Nick Dunne, you’re probably the most hated man in America right now. While Fincher’s film and Flynn’s novel and script puts the spotlight on marriage gone wrong, the work of both artists depict quite interestingly, yet bitterly how all things are wrong at the same time. One can view the film as reality. The role that media plays in our society or how our societies are played by media; destruction of image of an individual and as millions look on, discuss in secrets the lives displayed on the frame of our televisions. It disgusts me sometimes when I think about it as much as it makes me aware of the status my society.
Without going deep in the plot and its infra-narrative to simply eschew spoiling it, my main goal is to pen few words here on how Fincher is focused as a true auteur.
Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy Dunne, famous as “The Amazing Amy” in the film among friends, family and some fans is intelligent, yet, deep inside she’s strife individual. Taking the advantages of the mastery of Flynn’s plot, and ardently the gravity and atmosphere of her screenplay, Fincher has painted a modern day classic that I, to be honest, don’t possess in my mind the words to define the amounts of reverence and admiration I have for Fincher’s art. I think it’s safe to say that we have a modern day Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock’s all time masterpiece thrilled as much as haunted the audiences when it released in 1960. Fincher’s Gone Girl, despite the seen-it-all; done-it-all and wrote-it-all films out there, has shocked his admirers and audiences intelligently, for every individual in the dark auditorium with faces bathed in the pale light of the screen tilted back and gasped as their hands rested over their gaping mouths.
To achieve such response, such shock and thrill as a director and writer, one must truly be focused. Films are fragile as much as screenplay writing is an arduous task. Though, this doesn’t mean that film-making is easy. What Fincher has achieved is quite essential, noteworthy; he’s pulled the old plug and has inserted an idea with style visually for us to be cherished, but not just seen. I can’t forget the chattering of the audience as they all remained seated and the credits began rolling up with Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor’s hauntingly composed score. As artists, aspiring writers, directors, actors and composers, we must take the onus on the shoulders of ours and focus on the disciplined steps of Fincher’s actors on the screen. Not only in Gone Girl, we can go back in time a bit and look closely at Fincher’s earlier films. There’s this unique set of rules, discipline that his actors possess and follow after Fincher.
Conclusion of a film is crucial as its opening shot. So, one, when directing and writing a film, must comprehend the essentiality and the important difference between the two parts. Looking at Gone Girl, we have a way of understanding the film-maker’s unique and simple vision. And, as we move on with the characters, we begin to observe, if truly seen closely at the picture, the perfect art-work of both the writer and director. If not, let’s say, seen closely at the mentioned parts of a film and not comprehend the style of the film-maker, we don’t begin to observe the importance distinctly. Then, just based on the surface of the art, one may say conclusion, that resolution, is unsatisfactory. And therefore, such notion I find utterly unjust.
Fincher’s film ends with a conclusion that its impact is as powerful as the “Psycho” shower scene that had the audiences shocked in the 60s. And, Fincher has left his audience in such status, which means this truly is a true masterpiece. In the middle, as if he has us all taken to a river in promise of water, yet there’s no river; he has us abandoned. But, that’s the style of a great film-maker, who has the audacity to challenge his admirers and his audiences. Therefore, such act by a great film-maker like Fincher makes Fincher one of the greatest film-makers in the world.