Trying to perfect the crazy eyes
I’ll say this much to spoil the movie for you: fake girls win. And it may or may not be because I suffer from occasional auto-misogyny. What, you never, absolutely never, pegged yourself as cray-cray, the female way? Tough, because gossipy workplaces and cavalier pop culture stereotypes will sort out your thinking toward this conclusion. It certainly doesn’t help that lads’ mags, which are admitted to my bathroom rack for their self-effacing humor, crack me up, while I merely flip through women’s magazines and never buy them, because I come away with nothing except superficial self-examinations.
For all the gender questions thrown up by serious reviewers, I find myself speaking plainly about a movie which has less to do with matrimonial dynamics and gender roles than psychology. My grand hope was vindication for the pushed-about, unpantsed coward of a guy and a cruel end for the smug, all-eating alpha female. Perhaps it could go either way for any marriage, whatever the back story, but it’s always the fault of the crazy one.
Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) had my sympathy, which came and went with every dick move. I saw through Amazing Amy right away. Rosamund Pike nailed crazy eyes, a piece of acting that shows us the switches. In an emotional game of chess, all logical moves are just focused ways of sating a mood. The crazy fake girl will get some of them right until she’s carried by her headwinds in another direction. You see these maneuvers in real life, not always in murderous proportions.
The fact that I’ve seen as many girls act out as guys who can’t be bothered pushes me to the corner where it looks like I’m betraying my kind. The fitting punishment is squirming unhappily about my bad faith while witnessing various episodes of domestic distress, this movie included. It gets worse when actual crime scenes roll out the evidence and court proceedings run on demonization, because I get it. I get why I *think* I can read a woman, which is the barest potential for being the most dangerous misogynist around.
*What’s the state of being gone? Being either physically missing or going off the rails or both