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Gone Girl It starts as a simple whodunit, and warps into a twisted canvas of character flaws and misguided decisions. It beings simply enough; a husband (Ben Affleck) returns home to find his wife (Rosamund Pike) missing and his house trashed. He does what any normal person would do and calls the cops. When he seems to know little about his wife's personality and the odd set-up of the crime scene, the police force's suspicion is pointed toward him. The audience trusts him until flashbacks show a troubled marriage and a pile of evidence stacking against him. In this especially interesting first act, the film treats the audience as an omniscient detective, giving them the powers of time travel and peering into other's lives as their tools to solve the investigation. The second act throws the investigation in their face however, in an unexpected twist. IT's not that it's a bad twist, it's brilliant actually, but it's merely one that the audience couldn't figure out beforehand without the help of the plot, which negates the whole detective work aspect of the first part. I can't go much more into the plot without spoiling the many fantastic twists and turns throughout, but I'll say this: The film is really interesting. As my friend who takes the class mentioned very often, psychology and sociology is very present in this film. The characters' motivation are based on the public's motivation (and vice-versa) in a way that is so involving that you literally forget that the world on the screen is a fantasy and that the characters are fictional, not matter how crazy things get. It feels that the characters build in their thought process throughout the film, growing and reaching to a final decision. Unfortunately, this is where the film fails. The characters make the wrong decision. Not one where in a horror movie they go into a haunted house alone, but one that doesn't match the growth of the characters you feel you've gotten to know over the past couple hours. It's a little disappointing. The ending requires either less time in it or much more, it isn't just right. The feel of the film is a strong suit, however. It has a perfect mix of humor and seriousness. You know it is a weighty film but as such things are in real life, someone will say something amusing to cheer everyone up. The atmosphere and mood reminded of a mix of Coen Brothers films like Fargo or No Country for Old Men and Argo's last year Winter Play production of The Shape of Things. The cast is rounded out by a fantastic supporting cast including an uncharacteristically great Tyler Perry, the less-lovable-than-usual Neil Patrick Harris, and the relatively unknown Carrie Coon. All in all, Gone Girl is a brilliant work of art. The twisting and turning plot and truthfully acted character studies are more than enough to overcome an only slightly disappointing ending. 4 and 1/2 Stars out of 5