I decided to change it up a bit today from what I normally talk about which is random ideas that occur in my head. By now anyone who has read any of my material (and I”m sort of sorry they did because it’s obvious I have no idea what I”m doing). If I were to add to that I’ve looked over my blogs and it appears I just have a glorified online journal going on.
Recently I just saw Gone Girl a film adaptation of the novel by Gillian Flynn and directed by David Fincher. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as an upper middle class married couple Nick and Amy who appear to be a happy married couple but as the film digresses between flashbacks of courtship and budding love to the present in which the disappearance of Amy has Nick pleading his innocence. The audience is left with a very different picture which begins to expose a web of lies, deceit, psychopathic behavior between our couple forcing us to wonder is this a demented love story about a psychopath and a masochist. Which one is which is up is individual.
This is a sweet moment isn’t it? This correlated to a diary entry (many that praise Nick) stating that everything between them was “easy” but somehow we got to this somber and melancholy moment as the opening scene.
What are you thinking? What are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Nick is speaking about wanting to open his wife head (not literally). Although if I were to be completely honest for one second I thought this was the beginning of a murder confession that he was giving to us. It wasn’t the case.
I’m not going to summarize the film but I will say that thematically it seemed to be a message of social commentary and what human nature can really be.
I’ll be more specific about the theme. No one is certain whether or not Nick and Amy were ever truly in love with each other. It’s possible that they were together because they liked what the other one represented to them or that, and this is weird, they enjoy playing games with one another.
Nick is having an affair with one of his students and the suggestion here is that this is what sends Amy over the edge. Throughout the rest of the film Fincher, Affleck, and Pike have us guessing on who it is we should side with. Is anything these two people done to each other acceptable or justified? Were they ever in love? The only sure thing I had coming away from the film was that Amy was truly a manipulative and cruel person. She will do anything to hold onto what she wants her life to be. The climactic moment to understanding the demented and twisted relationship between these two people is when Amy arrives home drenched in blood and collapses into Nick’s arms to which he whispers to her, “you fuckin bitch”. After convincing the hospital staff and FBI agents of her kidnap and rape at the hands of an ex-boyfriend (she murdered him too – to go with her plan which was to make Nick behave like a married man of course) Nick and Amy seem look like they’re ready to have a pleasant shower together with both speaking about the events that transpired as if discussing what to have for dinner. It was made even more unsettling by the pleasant music in the background. Nick wants out but Amy doesn’t. Nick is wary of Amy as he spends time in another room. The film ends with Amy being pregnant (using Nick’s sample from a fertility clinic – CRAZY!) and them announcing on television that they are expecting a child.
Wow…. it was a whirlwind of emotions but when it comes to our couple but I’ll summarize briefly. Nick had issues and Amy was disturbed for whatever reason when they met. They got worse while together and are now in a sick co-dependent relationship where the “game” next time might have more severe consequences (maybe their child). No one has a extreme likability factor in this film except for Nick’s twin sister who inevitably will stick by her brother to the very end. The media and the police department also give us reasons to like each other but, perhaps, this is what Flynn is telling us. As a people and a society lying and deception are everywhere.
Appearances are everything. Everyone is out for themselves. As long as everything is cleaned up afterwards and if nothing can be proven than the day goes on as always.
Nick’s lawyer Tanner Bolt starring Tyler Perry said,
“You two are the most fucked up people I’ve ever met and I deal with fucked up people for a living”.
This matter of fact tone towards Nick in the company of others followed by a chortle of laughter tells me that Fincher was putting in his own nihilistic mark on this film. Novelist Flynn was speaking of deception, lies, and betrayal. This sounds like the good old America that I’ve grown up with.