The Films of 2014: Gone Girl

The face of Amy Dunne—blonde, sleek, hard, unreadable—is the enigma at the center of Gone Girl, the highly touted new film of the best-selling Gillian Flynn novel.  Is Amy’s Mona Lisa smile the pose of a discontented trophy wife?  Is it the mask of a sociopath?  The film takes pleasure in teasing us with these questions, slowly revealing Amy’s character in flashbacks and voice-over narration as police, the media, and her husband (Ben Affleck) attempt to solve the mystery of her sudden disappearance from her home in the Missouri suburbs.