GONE GIRL: DISASTER OR MASTERPIECE?

Is Gone Girl a pessimistic disaster or a feminist masterpiece? Based on Gillian Flynn’s #1 New York Times best-selling novel, the 2014  psychological thriller film Gone Girl,  directed by David Fincher, was a commercial and critical success. If you haven’t already seen it, stop reading this and give the movie a watch first – its elaborate plot and complex characters definitely make it worth it (we promise!).

To refresh your memory, the film stars Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne) and Rosamund Pike (Amy Dunne). Set in Missouri, it follows the story of their two characters when Nick’s wife Amy mysteriously goes missing.

Rosamund Pike’s portrayal of Amy Dunne was well-received and highly praised amongst critics. Pike effortlessly shifts Amy from a devoted wife to become a fearless, manipulative villain, bitterly discarding the role of the housewife.

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Amy, filled with rage, evidently shows that she’s not going to live by her husband’s terms or society’s expectations. While she willingly uses her stereotypical femininity when needed to deceive and punish men, she also displays stereotypically masculine traits such as anger and violence at the same time (note the Neil-Patrick Harris sex/murder scene).

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However, Amy’s character detests gender norms and does not want to be constrained by anything or anyone. She is fabulously defiant, frighteningly disturbing and horrifyingly sociopathic. You might remember her monologue from one of the film’s most memorable scenes…

“Cool girl is hot. Cool girl is game. Cool girl is fun. Cool girl never gets angry at her man. She only smiles, in a chagrined, loving manner. And then presents her mouth for fucking.”

Amy’s ‘cool girl’ speech is a scorching reflection of how men see women as objects or accessories, rather than as their own person, with a brain, a heart and an opinion. She encapsulates the idea of the male gaze and men’s sexual expectations of women, shattering men’s fantasies that women are never angry and that they are only there to serve the needs and desires of men.

Gone Girl having an unapologetic, ruthless anti-heroic female protagonist was certainly refreshing. It shows that female protagonists don’t need to be likeable or sexually objectified (whether it be in their costumes, their actions or their words) to make it an enjoyable film.

What did you think of the movie? Let us know in the comments down below!

– S x

 

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4 thoughts on “GONE GIRL: DISASTER OR MASTERPIECE?

    • sheismorethanblog says:

      Our thoughts exactly – a strong female character (whether she be ‘good’ or ‘evil’), who has a purpose and contributes to the story, is so much more interesting to watch than a stereotypical female character who purely exists for the pleasure of viewers!

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  1. confessionsofchocolate says:

    I definitely agree that females are often underestimated in movie roles. I really enjoyed Gone Girl, watched it 3 times and I thought Rosamund Pike’s portrayal of Amy Dunne was spot on. It is great how you mention the cool girl scene since it gives a twist in her character in what we thought was a doting and loyal wife but instead turns out to be strong and ruthless. More movies should take this an example in not always treat female characters as helpless and always need to be saved.

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    • sheismorethanblog says:

      Thanks for your comment! It was a great film which did not feel the need to bind its female protagonist to certain stereotypes of women, portraying Amy Dunne in such a clever way. Completely agree with your statement that more movies should follow the lead of Gone Girl in this aspect!

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