A Husband’s Worst Nightmare

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gone girl_library(WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.)

Today, I want to talk about “Gone Girl”, one of my personal favourites from 2014. Sometimes, I just like to watch films and then revisit them a couple weeks or months later.

The film is an adaptation from Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-seller and David Fincher was the chosen director to bring the story into the silver screen. The premise of the film is quite simple: “Wife disappears, Husband becomes the main suspect”.

The main focus of the story is the relationship between Amy Elliott Dunne and Nick Dunne. As they say, there are three sides to every story, in this case: his side, her side and the truth. The two lead characters really give us a fine portrayal of a bad marriage “on steroids”. The film is labelled as a drama/thriller with a little bit of mystery in between. However, I would add “comedy” to its résumé because some of the dialogue was just hilarious, especially in the scenes between Nick and his sister Margo.

The film has the ability to challenge your expectations about how the characters should act like and how the story itself should unfold, therefore, it’s expected some discussion after watching it. Fincher even joked about how the film was going to end millions of marriages, but I have another take on it. What’s the worst that can happen?  In the worst case scenario, you realize that your current relationship is just as bad as theirs…no big deal,  you’re not the only one with problems. Single? Even better: no relationship, no drama. See? It’s not that bad.

Despite of Amy and Nick’s struggles a couple, I cannot help to think that maybe they were meant to be together. What?! How is that possible? Well… I believe in their case, egos make the relationship work: Amy likes to be admired by Nick, and Nick feels like a better version of himself when he’s with Amy. Things starts to go sour when they both stop channelling their “cool persona”, that’s when they start seeing each other for what they really are.

The ending of the film is different… interesting. Here’s what come out from my “mental digestion” of it: at the end, there’s hatred, admiration and acceptance. Amy hates Nick for cheating on her and Nick hates Amy because of her “small vendetta” against him, but as I see it, there’s also a mutual sense of admiration. Nick admires Amy because she makes him feel special, of all the guys in the world that “Amazing Amy” could have chosen, he’s the one she wants; and Amy finally reckons Nick as the alpha that she wants him to be, when he rises to her level and “manipulates” her into coming back home.

Do they still love each other? Have they ever loved each other? As I see it, “yes” and “yes”. They obviously still have feelings for each other. I don’t believe Amy would have returned home if she didn’t love Nick, she’s resentful because she felt betrayed and humiliated by the man she loves. Yes, it’s true, love has the amazing power to make you crazy and “inspired” at the same time. In Nick’s case, he could have just left her, the baby was just an excuse for him to stay, the truth is: he admires the “monster” that Amy is. As Margo Dunne puts it: they are “addicted to each other”, though in a very unhealthy way.

“Gone Girl” is definitely a refreshing film: it’s dark and very honest in its own way, it will challenge your views on marriage and gender stereotypes. Having said that, it’s almost impossible to feel indifferent about the film and its characters.

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