David Fincher, 2014
Nick (Ben Affleck) loses his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike).
Amy is gone. She might have been kidnapped, or worse. Nobody knows. Poor Nick is on TV, desperately looking for his wife until he got suspected for the murder of Amy. Everything seems to be against him : he had an affair with one of his students. He was also suspected of domestic violence. Suddenly he doesn’t know how to defend himself.
It turns out Amy has set up the whole thing. She wanted revenge. She enjoyed observing Nick slowly getting into troubles – which could lead him to the chair.
Nick hires Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry) to help him turn the public to his advantage. Amy is amazed by this bold move and decides to come back to life by setting up her ex-boyfriend Desi (Neil Patrick Harris). Nick has no other choice but to live with a machiavellian person he doesn’t seem to know.
What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?
Gone Girl is about true love.
Nick has a certain idea of love that sounds romantic at first but doesn’t last in time. It’s made out of moves backwards like leaving NYC for Missouri. It’s made out of Sunday nights watching TV. This life is being infiltrated by the routine. Nick doesn’t lose Amy, he actually loses the flame. He becomes frustrated and violent. Whenever he has the opportunity, he starts to flirt with young women. He let love die. Typical.
Amy has a more modern idea of love, far less hypocritical.
We’re so cute. I wanna punch us in the face.
Her vision is based on a contract. Love has to renew itself constantly otherwise it fades away. Whenever things slow down, she would fight for it. She would do anything for love to live.
I made him smarter. Sharper. I inspired him to rise to my level. I forged the man of my dreams. We were happy pretending to be other people. We were the happiest couple we knew. And what’s the point of being together if you’re not the happiest? But Nick got lazy. He became someone I did not agree to marry. He actually expected me to love him unconditionally. Then he dragged me, penniless, to the navel of this great country and found himself a newer, younger, bouncier cool girl. You think I’d let him destroy me and end up happier than ever? No fucking way.
Her decision is extreme but suits the gravity of the situation. Nick might face the chair. Good for him, their couple was dying anyway. Amy does what she can to wake him up and she succeeds. Nick stops being lethargic and shows some creativity – thanks to his lawyer – to flip people’s opinion. She admires that. That’s the man she loves. She has done it. She can get back to him. They just need to talk to each other.
You fucking cunt!
I’m the cunt you married. The only time you liked yourself was when you were trying to be someone this cunt might like. I’m not a quitter, I’m that cunt. I killed for you; who else can say that? You think you’d be happy with a nice Midwestern girl? No way, baby! I’m it.
Surprisingly Nick keeps on playing victim. He doesn’t seem to realize the kind of woman he’s with. She’s crazy about him.
I’ve killed for you. Who else can say that?
Instead he feels trapped. Nick can play the game but he doesn’t want to. The game he needs to play is called marriage though.
You’re delusional. I mean, you’re insane, why would you even want this? Yes, I loved you and then all we did was resent each other, try to control each other. We caused each other pain.
It’s easy to consider Nick as the victim and Amy the crazy one. She’s not. She only respects the terms of their contract. She’s been disappointed in her man for becoming a lazy bum over the years. She’s trying to give an impulse to her couple by disappearing. Her absence will change everything. Nick will have to get back in shape to face his responsibilities. Amy wants to bring back the adrenaline they lost. She’s a little extreme in the process but Nick kind of deserves it. If Amy is crazy then Nick is a coward. Amy has provoked a healthy questioning. Is it possible to live with a woman like her? Fuck yeah!
What do we expect from marriage and what comes with it? What are we ready to do not only to preserve it but to make it grow? How honest are we with ourselves and with each other?
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