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Gone Girl (2014)Ahh David Fincher. Another one of the few directors with little to no… More Ahh David Fincher. Another one of the few directors with little to no stinkers in his filmography. Everything from "Fight Club" to "Se7en" or even the straight-thriller "Panic Room", Fincher has proven to be an incredibly meticulous director. But let me be honest for a second: I am not a big fan of his work. Now, before you grab your pitchforks and torches, let me explain. His narratives for his films have always been solid, but his movies just simply did not stand out amongst the many other films during the 90's. It's only until Fincher delivered, "The Social Network" that I became deeply interested. Alas, Fincher now delivers "Gone Girl", arguably his best film to date. If you've been keeping up with my personal reviews, It's a no-brainer that I'm not a fan of Affleck's many performances from the past. He has proven that he simply does not have the capacity to act. But couple that actor with Rosamund Pike? The girl from "Die Another Day", the worst movie from the Bond series of all time? That no-named detective that no one cared about in "Jack Reacher"??? Hell, why not throw in Tyler Perry? OMG, they did. And you know what? They were perfectly casted. Let me say that again: They. Were. Perfectly. Casted. I'm not gonna go to full lengths and say that they are commendable actors now, but I will say they were phenomenal in their roles here. "Wait, if they were phenomenal, why aren't they now considered triple A actors then?" Because their personalities as actors fit their characters like an old glove. Perhaps if they were casted as different characters, they wouldn't be as effective. Don't be surprised when Oscar season hits and Pike gets a nomination. She was that commanding. But surprisingly, the real star of the show is not the actors or the original writer from the book. The real star is Fincher himself. Fincher proved in "The Social Network" that he was able to portray a narrative effectively but at the same time, inject emotions at any given moment. Here, Fincher is masterful. First of all, the film has Fincher's signature dark tones and colors, but man, the cinematography was beautiful. But perhaps the best quality that Fincher crafted was how the movie weaves in and out emotions like butter. At one moment, the director injects a genuine moment of curiosity and the next, he's able to make audience's skin curl with real disgust, but then throws in a curve ball by taking audience's breaths away with palpable tension. It's almost like Fincher is holding a belt of emotions and places it in wherever he wants, whenever he pleases. Fincher wields these emotions and plays it like a true puppeteer all the while having symbolism and a narrative that is so engrossing that the 2 hour and 30 minute run-time zipped by like lightning. He will get the nomination for best director once Oscar season hits. If not, it's without a doubt, a snub. This is quite possibly the best film to have come out so far in 2014. It's absolutely arresting. One minute, you'll love, the next you'll hate. Emotions hit monumental levels and fluctuate all over the place as the impeccably told narrative treads along. With all these powerhouse performances and flawless direction by the likes of David Fincher, "Gone Girl" is elevated high up as the director's best film to date.
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