When an intelligent girl becomes adamant to snatch her rights by hook or crook, such story takes place. The movie ‘Gone Girl’ is the perfect example of in depth analysis of a woman’s psychology. The character of Rosamund Pike and her acting is so strong, that the movie makes the audience gasp. This paper will Observe, Analyze, Reflect and Synthesize on the one of the best scene of the movie. This particular scene is the twist in the story. This scene shows the craftsmanship of David Fincher and Rosamund Pike altogether.
The scene begins with Rosamund Pike (Amy) getting herself ready as a pre-requisite for her devious plan to kill her ignorant and emotionally blind admirer, Desi (Neil Harris). The scene is shot with utmost perfection. She is in her night gown, a perfect costume to display sexual abuse to the police, who are going to look for the evidence in the CCTV cameras later.
She colors her genitals with red wine to mimic blood. Her acting of dragging her body towards the end of the hall in the viewing angle of camera is a work of art. The scene is also supported by amazing suspenseful music that sets the mood for the evilest intensions.
The second sequence shows Ben Affleck and her sister getting released from the prison on bail, facing a violent press crowd. He is fighting his best against so called ‘Amazing Amy’, but he is nowhere near to her intelligence and cunning ideas.
Then comes the scene of the movie, where she is all set with her sexual poison waiting for her prey. She inserts the wine bottle in her vagina to inflict the brutal rape wounds for the physical examination as an evidence. She has planned it so perfect. She then, captures him in the moment and makes him excited on his peak. He is completely oblivious to the fact that his doom is near. She makes him ejaculate, and at the same time grabs the scalpel hidden beneath the pillow. The most beautiful part of the scene is that she waits patiently for him to come to his climax, where he will be helpless. Then she flawlessly slits his throats letting the blood showering on her body. She then bathes in his pool of blood as if she is enjoying it.
The music that follows this sequence is the dark music that represents the gravity of the situation perfectly. The fading camera effects showing her in various positions on bed is amazing. The angles of camera on the vertical view made the shot more enthralling. This scene is perfect representation of the twist that this story has.
Talking about the Mise en scène used in these five minutes of the movie. David Fincher is known for his slow paced intriguing thriller direction. He visualized Gillian Flynn’s writing into a masterpiece of visual ecstasy. His use of music, props, costume sand camera effects in these scenes were beyond normal understanding. He took this story to another level.
The element of shock that the first time watchers of this scene feels is the credit that the director and the actor takes at home. It’s another feather in their crown. These five minutes are in such part of the story when the audience are thinking that now all the cards are open, and there is nothing left in the story to happen. But, the murder of Desi just snatched away a few breaths of the viewers.
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