Gone Girl, based on the novel by the same name by Gillian Flynn, opens with Nick Dunne on his fifth wedding anniversary when he finds out that his wife, Amy, has gone missing. It becomes a big deal when it comes to light that Amy is the inspiration behind behind the popular children’s book, Amazing Amy.
The cops quickly move on the missing person’s case, because of the scene at his home that includes the living room turned upside down. After speaking to the cops, they go into a deeper investigation of Amy and find out that Nick either knows nothing about his wife or is lying to them.
After the cops find ‘Clue One’ in Amy’s unmentionables, they are quite confused. But, Nick explains that for every anniversary Amy sets up a Treasure Hunt for him and lies out clues. Nick’s never been good at the Treasure Hunts, but figures out the clues and tries to hide the answers from the cops. When he figures out the final clue, it all but seals Nick’s fate if the cops ever find out what’s at the end of the Treasure Hunt.
Using Amy’s journal entries, the film flashes back to the beginning of their relationship, into their marriage and to when Amy and Nick lose their jobs and move back to Missouri when Nick’s mother gets sick.
As the investigation continues, the evidence against Nick continues to pile up around him. It also becomes increasing clear that Nick isn’t the best guy, including that he has a mistress and that he doesn’t even know his own wife’s best friend and blood type. He just continues to dig his grave, deeper and deeper.
Though, some minor details were changed or added, the movie adaption of Gone Girl was good. They followed the book pretty closely, leaving out some minor parts that could be left out because they weren’t hugely relevant and wouldn’t have translated to the big screen.
The only part of the book that I didn’t like was the ending, and the movie took a different path to the same sort of ending the book has. This story just reminds us that we truly don’t know anyone fully, and that anyone can have a darker side to them.