We spend most of our time with Nick Dunne Ben Affleckthe Missourian husband who reports to police that his wife Amy Rosamund Pike has inexplicably gone missing.
Putting the talent of the author aside—because I do think Gillian Flynn is an incredible writer—I want to address the feminist ire directed at Gone Girl. To an extent, I agree with it. Yet what is missing from the discussion is a focus on privilege. Amy Elliot Dunne, the protagonist of Gone Girl, is white, wealthy, heterosexual and conventionally attractive many privileges which her creator, Gillian Flynn, shares.
Yes, Amy is a woman, but she is an excessively privileged one. So privileged, in fact, that she has the necessary funds, skills, know-how and spare time to concoct a near iron-clad story in which she convinces the media, the law, her community and her family that she has been raped, abused by her husband, kidnapped, imprisoned and possibly murdered.
Flynn, even given the worldwide success of her writing, is, I would guess, not nearly as privileged as Amy. Amy is not the type of woman that had to work in high school, and especially not at anything where she would be made to dress up as a cone of yogurt. But this is just it—she is able to be strong and even evil because she has the privilege to do so.
Amy is narcissistic, vain and shallow, and has enough time on her hands to fill her calendar with carefully labeled, color-coded Post-Its with details of her murder plot. And once the plot is set in motion, she has secured enough cash to buy a car, to fund a new wardrobe and to keep her going for who knows how long.
Yes, this is fiction. Rape and assault are at epidemic levels in our society, and along with the horrible statistics is a pervasive narrative of blaming the victim.
At the heart of this narrative is the myth that women lie about rape. Not once in a blue moon; often. This is not what I want to focus on, though: I want to focus on how privilege allows the fictional Amy to get away with the atrocities she commits.
What if she were a prostitute? What if she committed murder and tried to convince the cops of her innocence with mere words?
Would she be believed if she were, say, a young black male? Consider the story of Kalief Browder, featured in The New Yorkerwho served three years at Rikers Island, most of it in solitary confinement without trial before he was deemed innocent. Of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri.
Rather, her success at framing others is presented as a very well-planned revenge plot carried out by a very smart, very malicious woman. Admittedly, there are things the story does well in terms of critiquing societal problems.
Amy clearly knows how to play straight into the hands of the Ellen Abbot Live show, a fictionalized version of the likes of Nancy Grace.
However, had Amy been a pregnant Latina, or working class, or a single woman, would she still be framed this way by the real Ellen Abbots of the world? We assume ulterior motives. We make rape survivors into whores and sluts, into evil, evil women who are only out to hurt and punish men.
Sadly though, she is believed—by the media, by the community, even by us, the audience.Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing Gone Girl near you. ENTER CITY, STATE OR ZIP CODE GO.
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Amy describes Cool Girl as a hot, sexy woman who is super intelligent, hilarious, and doesn't mind doing guy stuff like watching football, drinking beer, eating lots of fast food, and farting. And in the name of winning Nick over, this is the girl she pretends to be.
Oct 03, · Mark Kermode reviews Gone Girl. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy, has gone missing. gone girl: a tour inside nick & amy’s ‘perfect’ house Go’s house is the Production Designer’s favorite Gone Girl set When you ask an Oscar-winning production designer what his favorite set on his latest film was, you’d expect him to pick the most extravagant and most meticulously designed one.
gone girl: a tour inside nick & amy’s ‘perfect’ house Go’s house is the Production Designer’s favorite Gone Girl set When you ask an Oscar-winning production designer what his favorite set on his latest film was, you’d expect him to pick the most extravagant and most meticulously designed one.
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comes home to find his wife Amy 4/5.