Analysis : Gone Girl

‘Gone Girl’ is a 2o14 thriller film directed by David Fincher. This film is, without a doubt, my favourite thriller film I have ever seen; I would even go as far as saying that it is one of my favourite films ever. ‘Gone Girl’ is one of the best thrillers in modern cinema because it does exactly what a thriller is meant to do – it excites you and brings you closer to the characters. ‘Gone Girl’ also has this character development which is seen in many thrillers – something which is incredibly compelling and adds to the suspense and excitement an audience member would endure. David Fincher has used a unique style of filmmaking in this film and it is something I would love to portray in my film opening. I decided to watch this film again to analyse the features so, I can perhaps take some inspiration from them.

  • The first part of the film is the most important part a director has to deal with. In the first half we learn: who the main characters are, what the main plot is and the setting (time and decade). I noticed that the main characters were shown using close up shots, sometimes extreme. This emphasis on these characters indicate to the audience who are the protagonists in the film. The main plot is immediately explained by Amy Dunne’s diary entries which begin just after the first ten minutes of the film. The narrative goes back in time at the start of the film to show a small back story which is obviously very vital to the events happening later on in the film. The setting and location is also established in the opening of the film. Small text is shown in the bottom corner which states the date – this is related to the diary entries Rosamund Pike’s character, Amy, writes throughout the film.
  • The mise-en-scene of the film creates a moody and depressing atmosphere. The lighting is very dull and in a lot of scenes, there is minimal lighting. In some scenes, Fincher has used a back light to almost create like a silhouette of the characters in shot – instead, this silhouettes create a “mysterious” feeling to the scene.
  • The colours in the scenes represent themes like: sadness, mystery and suspense. Many scenes have a green, blue or just a cool undertone to it. I like this effect the editor has used as it creates an atmosphere which an audience member would want in a thriller film. The dark colours are also shown amongst the clothing/costumes worn by the characters. The dark clothing is worn by Nick mainly which can arguably show his emotions throughout the film.
  • Non diegetic sound creates an uncomfortable and unsettling feeling throughout the film. The film opening has a “sharp” uncomfortable continuous noise which sets the scene immediately. When the non diegetic score isn’t used, natural noises (diegetic sound) also creates an isolated atmosphere – which many of the characters go through in this film.

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