However controversial and ‘dangerous’ this film might be, it may very well be Fincher’s most crowning achievement to date. Bringing Gillian Flynn, the author on board to write the adapted screenplay was a smart move, resulting in Fincher translating one of the most faithful adaptations from book to screen, something that is seen all too rare these days. There were a few minor scenes cut from the film, that for me, strengthened the story even more in the novel but honestly, it really doesn’t distract or alter the film’s narrative in any way that Fincher and Flynn are trying to tell. The whole bulk of it and messages that are made to get across to audiences is clear and condensed, so that in itself is a successful accomplishment. If you choose to go into the movie theatre, comparing the film too much in line with the novel in your own head then that’s just a hell of a lot of unnecessary nitpicking right!?
Rosamund Pike, on the other hand may just steal all the thunder from her opposite star. As others have already mentioned, she’s tipped to being a serious contender for the Oscars early next year. She more than lives up to the challenges of the role, portraying Amy as a woman going through different levels of emotional state while straining to keep her marriage to Nick alive. After proving she can pull off the diversity and confidence of playing such a complex role; firing at all cylinders, we can only hope that she will be picked for more meaty, leading lady roles as a testament to her great acting chops instead of just the typical supporting roles she usually found herself in, in the likes of ‘The World’s End’ and ‘Jack Reacher’.
Fincher has managed to craft an exceptional, ‘whodunnit,’ mystery thriller that will keep you endlessly guessing the outcome of what happens to Nick and if he really did murder Amy or not. I would place this film right up there with ‘Zodiac’, ‘Se7en’ and ‘The Social Network’ as being his best work to date, unbelievable seeing as this is only his tenth film as director. I’ve never been this engrossed in a film that deeply explores the darker side of romance and the side effects that this can have on a couple since seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’. With an amazing supporting cast and an overshadowing darkness that spreads doom and danger into every scene and single shot of its 2 hours and 29 minutes of running time, this is one Fincher film you don’t want to miss.
5 out of 5.