Some thoughts RE: Gone Girl (the movie)

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(Cover and article can be found here)

I have a few concerns about casting and the age difference between the two leads, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

This question has been asked before by numerous people more articulate than me regarding the newest Batman.

  • Isn’t Ben Affleck too… Ben Affleck to play [insert any leading male role here]? In this case, it’s Nick Dunne.

Now on to the age difference.

  • Isn’t Rosamund Pike a bit young to play Amy Dunne against Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne?

(Review of book can be found here)

* * * spoilers below * * *

In the book, Nick is 34 and Amy is turning 40. It doesn’t say whether or not the age difference is noticeable to other people, but it certainly does mean something to Amy, both diary-Amy and actual-Amy, because she’s always been aware of it.

Affleck is 41 and Pike is 34. I recently read EW’s “autopsy of a marriage” spread and saw the stills and photos for the first time, and I just don’t believe David Fincher and Co. will be able to make me believe that there’s a significant age difference between Nick and Amy.

Take away the age difference and the depth of Amy’s insecurities are lessened, which changes the atmosphere of both the story and the Dunnes’ toxic marriage. It wouldn’t make the marriage any less toxic, but it might make Nick a more relatable character.

The reason I think the age difference is important to the story is because it’s arguably the source of tension between the couple later in their marriage as both spouses drift away from each other. Also, Nick has an affair with a much younger woman whom he sees as the antithesis of Amy in both age and personality. Amy’s insecurities about her age is another layer of tension when placed against Nick’s affair and the much younger woman.

I see the years between Nick and Amy as the source of a number of their problems prior to her disappearance, and I see the years between Nick and Andie as the source of their attraction to each other. And so I don’t think the story would’ve worked out as well as it did if it’d lacked the significant age differences between Nick and Amy.


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