Every movie has its own moral message. Gone Girl warns me, “Marriage is dangerous!”
Yeah, it’s a little bit overstatement to call Gone Girl is an anti-marriage campaign. But, that’s how would you feel the minute you finish watching David Fincher’s rendition of Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl. The movie is remarkable gripping. While it captures the subject of men, women, marriage, and the intimacy of two messed-up people in the most unique way, it’s additionally meta. Gone Girl is a thriller about thrillers, a narrative about narratives. Again, Fincher proved if he is the man of cinematic psychologist in humans’ nature.
It has been one of Fincher’s routines to present us a story that satirizes the humans’ life in the 21st century. He’s the one who emphasizes the meaningless life of Edward Norton in Fight Club, and he’s also the guy who gave us the emptiness feeling of connection in the end of The Social Network. Fincher loves satires, and he showed it one more time to us through his latest work.
Gone Girl demonstrates how a compelling well-structured narrative could have power over reality. It gives us glimpse if humans in the 21st century are reluctant to see the truth, the reality, unless it comes as a narrative from their screen, whether it’s fake or real. “We’re not gonna arrest anybody just ‘cause some blonde dunce says so,” the detective instantly responds to her partner, when being asked why they didn’t immediately arrest Nick Dunne, just after they watch the news about Amy Dunne’s missing.
The question from the detective’s partner is understandable though, since the narrative compiled by Amy is well-structured and has all the elements of every cliché in crime stories. She has staged a narrative with an abusive husband, credit card fraud, and even pregnancy in it. “You need to package yourself, so that people will truly mourn your loss. And America loves pregnant women,” tells Amy while she’s executing the crime-scenario to frame his husband.
Now, as the group of humans who pay their bills from stories, news, and reports, the media are endlessly digging gold by keep covering the staged narrative from Amy as tragic as a tale of a psychopathic monster and a perfect wife. They make the story of Amy and Nick Dunne as their headline for hours and hours, for days and days, for weeks and weeks. There’s special report about it, there’s special talk show about it, and all of those cover stories from the media are constantly presenting Nick as the bad guy, as how Amy would dream from her narrative. When Nick put a smile in the first press conference about Find Amazing Amy movement, the media savagely calls him has no heart at all. And when there’s a woman took pictures with him without asking any permission, he was forcedly to be polite and smiles, but then again, the coerced smiles in the pictures add another fuel into Amy’s staged narrative.
Lucky for Nick, he has Tanner Bolt, a skillful lawyer, in his side. Tanner suggests Nick to show up in the face of public, fight Amy’s staged-narrative with something real, take control of the staged-narrative, take over the public’s opinion, act noble, admitting the fault, and ask for forgiveness on television. “A guy admitting that he’s a gigantic asshole on television? People empathize with that,” Tanner explains his suggestion to Nick, and Fincher had successfully infiltrated another satire into his work. On television, it’s always better to ask for an apology rather than being a human who has never done anything wrong. “Comeback story” is always tempting in the eyes of media and public.
And it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, the important thing is narrative.
Staged-narrative’s taking over reality is one of the main themes that shapes Fincher’s Gone Girl. He even used this premise to trick the audiences. On the first half of the movies, Amy is presented as the woman of every man’s want. She’s kind, smart, open minded, a bookworm, beautiful, attractive, and comes from a good family. By the montages of Amy is writing on her diary, Fincher shows all those exceptional attributes in Amy personalities to the audience. Only later to be revealed, if Amy is also capable of doing something terrible and sadistic. She has Harley Quinn in her hidden personalities.
The theme of narrative taking over reality makes the title Gone Girl represents not just the story of Amy goes missing from her home, but represents Amy is losing her personality too. Amy had spent almost of all her life to fulfill other people’s expectation about herself. First, she tried to fulfill her parents’ expectation when she was being presented as The Amazing Amy, a character with perfect scores in her personality. Over the time The Amazing Amy became Amy. But then she met Nick, and she believed Nick was interested to a so-called-cool-girl, so she tried to change her personality to fulfill Nick’s expectation. Poor Amy, when she caught Nick was cheating with another girl, she immediately saw Nick as a killer. She thought Nick has killed her cool-girl character.
In result, Amy doesn’t want to be a cool girl anymore. Neither to be The Amazing Amy again. Amy is no more The Amazing Amy. Amy is no more the cool girl. Amy is gone.
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