Trailers for Gone Girl have made sure to emphasise the crime thriller element of the narrative, playing-up the notion of Amy Dunne's (Rosamund Pike) disappearance, and how her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) just might be involved in it. Though it would be absurd to deny that this is the propulsive force surging the movie forward, the tone of the picture has been entirely misrepresented by advertising, and as Fincher himself put it, this just might be the funniest film the director has ever made. The tone is infinitely more sneering and sarcastic than the trailer suggests (several lines that sound serious in the trailer are much funnier in context), steering closer to the uproarious humour of Fight Club and especially The Social Network, rather than the grimdark shenanigans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac and Se7en. Though the film by its sheer nature is thoroughly unpleasant, it's also got a laugh quotient that's not a million miles away from something like The Lego Movie: the main difference here is that you're going to feel bad for laughing, but you'll do it anyway. The film Fincher delivered isn't necessarily the one non-readers will be expecting, but truthfully, it's a much better film for it.
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