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Their courtship was a dream: the meeting of attrac-
tive opposites---two journalists for New York mag-
azines---reviving the fond banter of film stars past.
On their first date, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), a small-
town Midwesterner at ease in the big city, took rich,
elegant Manhattanite Amy Elliott (Rosamund Pike)
on a pre-dawn stroll to a bakery and kissed her, as
powdered sugar fluttered around them like the finest
snowflakes. Later, at a press party for the Amazing
Amy children s books her parents had written about
her, Nick pretended to interview her and, from his
notebook, removed an engagement ring.
A man---a woman too, but for now, the man---puts
a lot of effort into the courtship role. He plays, he
may even briefly be, the charming, considerate fellow,
attentive to his woman s every need or whim, just
like the hero of some classic romantic comedy that
ends at the altar. But that s just the Old Hollywood
version; in real life, the wedding is the beginning of
a different story. And if courtship is a movie, marriage
is a job that can become a grinding routine, an Ever
After without the Happily. In the morning-after cin-
ders of the honeymoon glow, a man may ignore his
bride and find a younger woman with whom he can
play another exciting game: adultery.
Did you ever wonder, even for an instant, if you
could kill your spouse? Or be killed by the one you
wed? And, if not, could others imagine it of you?
Those are some of the taunts running through Gone
Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel and the taut, faithful
movie that she, as screenwriter, and David Fincher
have made from it. In a property with all the killer-
thriller tricks---sudden disappearance and violent
death, dark motives and cunning misdirection---the
true creepiness of Gone Girl is in its portrait of a
marriage gone sour, curdled from its emotional and
erotic liberation of courtship into a life sentence
together, till death do they part. In Gone Girl, marriage
is a prison, and each spouse is both jailer and inmate---
perhaps even executioner, too.
Nick and Margo bought a bar (with Amy s money)
and he taught a journalism class at the community
college. When not tending bar with Margo, Nick has
kindled an affair with sexy student Andie (Emily
Ratajkowski), which leaves Amy alone at home, with
no job, doing... hey, what
is this brilliant, industri-
ous woman doing?
Nick has no idea.
One thing that
consumed her inter-
est was preparing a
treasure hunt for their
anniversary, as she has
done each year before:
offering clues in rhyme to
the hiding places of various
gifts. But around noon on the
big day, Nick discovers that
Amy is gone from their home.
She and Nick were heard
arguing the night before, and when word of his affair
gets around, he becomes the prime suspect---if not
to Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens), the tough but sym-
pathetic senior detective on the case, then to the
neighbours and the avid, rabid media. Amy has left
a diary, the record of a devoted wife s growing sus-
picions and gnawing fear of her swine of a spouse,
as well as the first clue in a brand-new treasure hunt.
Nick now must juggle three uncomfortable roles:
villain, victim and sleuth.
On the page, Gone Girl was a literary game: a
tennis match of alternating chapters from Nick and
Amy, with the reader offering to take each character s
side every few pages. Flynn simply---or, rather, com-
plexly---interwove the narratives: Nick s in the present,
revealing more of his sins as he tracks the treasure-
hunt clues, and Amy s in the past, through her diary.
He-said--she-said is fine for books, but movies play
with the cinematic precept that seeing is believing:
we show, you swallow.
Given the dueling narratives, of which
one, both or neither may be exactly
true, it s pretty impressive that Flynn
and Fincher have managed to transfer
this bookish jest successfully to the
Fincher tried a faithful version of a
best-seller last time out, with his Amer-
icanisation of The Girl With the Dragon
Tattoo. That was a stillborn exercise
compared with Gone Girl, which brings
Nick and Amy to attractive, plausible
life, and surrounds them with exem-
plary character actors.
There will be blood in Gone Girl, but
some of the most startling moments
are glancing---Amy s quick kiss that
includes a lip bite---and claustrophobic.
What can be more ominous than the
proximity of two people who are sup-
posed to be in love but may have mur-
der in mind? (Time)
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Closure of TDC's
The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC)
wishes to advise that the TDC's Facilities at Manzanilla
Beach which includes bathroom, restaurant and
lifeguard facilities are currently closed to the public
and will remain closed until further notice. This
closure has become necessary to facilitate renovation
works to the retaining wall which surrounds the beach
front. The TDC regrets any inconvenience.
Gone Girl plays fatal
game of love, marriage
Nick Dunne, played by actor Ben Affleck, embraces
his dead wife Amy Elliott (Rosamund Pike), lying on
a medical examiner's table.
Author of Gone
Girl Gillian Flynn.
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