2014: #7 Gone Girl

Directed by
: David Fincher
Written by: Gillian Flynn
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, and Neil Patrick Harris
Distributer: 20th Century Fox
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 149
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 10/3/2014
Date seen: 10/4/2014
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $368 million
# of Oscar nominations: 1 (Actress)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 4 (Set-Piece, Editing, Villain, and Actress)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 3 (Editing, Villain, and Actress)

There were certainly better and more popular movies in 2014, but no movie this year was talked about more than David Fincher’s Gone Girl.  The film inspired dozens of op-eds and think pieces and that’s pretty amazing given that the film is basically a mystery/thriller.  Then again that’s in many ways one of the film’s great strengths: it works great as popular entertainment but it also brings some very provocative ideas to the table which gives it more weight than it otherwise might have, particularly in its cynical views on marriage and on the media. The film has a really strong cast and David Fincher has once again shown himself to be the master of the modern Hollywood thriller.  I was hoping to see a little more of an advance in Fincher’s style and there are elements of the plot that are somewhat difficult to swallow, but the overall package here still puts most Hollywood movies to shame.
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