Don’t worry about whether you’ll figure out who’s telling the truth
or who’s lying; everybody’s lying. Part of the fun of David Fincher and Gillian
Flynn’s adaptation of her novel is trying to stay a step ahead of Nick (Ben
Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike, who finally has a role worthy of her talents).
Will you be surprised? Maybe. So many people have read Flynn’s novel
that it makes spoilers seem irrelevant. What’s of greater interest is Fincher’s
subtle color scheme, which shades truth and fiction, and Carrie Coon’s
wonderfully empathetic portrayal of Margo, Nick’s twin.
Does the story hold up? Again, maybe. You’ll probably figure out the
crux of the mystery halfway through, but Nick and Amy are such unreliable
narrators that there are many twists and turns. Not all of them makes sense,
and the movie could be a whole lot shorter. But finally—finally!—someone
has put Affleck’s natural insincerity to perfect use, and Pike is delightfully
slippery as Amy, a super-intelligent and beautiful woman who may or may not be
Fincher even gets a handle on the novel’s weird humor, though it
seems forced at times. Still, something doesn’t quite sit right at the end,
even though the ending makes sense considering everything that came before it.
by David Fincher
Affleck, Pike and Coon
Santa Fe Reporter
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