It’s a good day when there’s a new trailer for a David Fincher movie. The Zodiac and Fight Club director is known for having a heavy hand in the trailers for his films, and news just broke last night that he turned down directing Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs script because Sony wouldn’t let him control the marketing. However, in the trailer for his latest, Gone Girl, set to debut at the onset of awards season on October 3rd, it’s clear he was given that control, because it’s the same kind of moody, fast cut trailer with a daring music choice similar to his first looks at The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Check out the trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOPLieLQQQs)
Admittedly, even with Fincher being one of my favorite directors working today, Gone Girl hadn’t really piqued my interest until now. Perhaps that’s in part because the basic story, based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn (who wrote the adaptation herself) about a husband becoming the main suspect in his wife’s disappearance, doesn’t have much in it to set it apart from the average run-of-the-mill murder mystery. Although the book has been praised for switching narrative points of view between the husband and the wife, the story will obviously loose that speciality as it jumps off the page and onto the big screen, which makes it more or less your de facto murder mystery. The same kind of thing occurred with Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which suffered from genericism despite having a far more intriguing lead character than what looks like Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne. That’s another element that had me disinterested in the film; Affleck is a guy I’ve become more interested in as a director than as an actor lately, and unfortunately the guy has been tainting even his own films by casting his bland self in the lead. I’m baffled by him being chosen as Batman, and here I worried he’d fail to bring to life what sounded like an uninteresting story to begin with.
However, after this trailer, those fears have been calmed significantly. We’ll start with Affleck, who I’m still unsure about, but after this trailer I have a better sense of why Fincher cast him. Something about his seeming cold detachment that ruins To the Wonder feels right at home in the bleak hands of Fincher. We’ll see how he hold up in the film, but for now I’m much less worried. I also wasn’t considering the supporting cast he has, the film stars Affleck, Rosamund Pike (as the murdered wife), Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry (for some bizarre reason), Patrick Fugit, Casey Wilson, and Scoot McNairy.
As for the story, I’m not familiar with the book, but the movie seems to be taking the route of sympathizing with the husband while at the same time letting the audience wonder if he killed his wife or not. That’s going to be a tricky balance to strike, and I’m already excited at the prospect of Fincher and Flynn pulling it off. The trailer also suggests the film is going to focus heavily on the media’s obsession with scandal at the expense of its subjects, as everywhere Nick turns he’s faced by news trucks and reporters. I have no idea if Flynn is much of a writer, but come October 3rd we’ll see if she’s closer to Aaron Sorkin (Social Network) or Eric Roth (Benjamin Button) as Fincher’s writers go.
Lastly, the trailer itself is classic Fincher, using a cover of Elvis Costello’s “She” to a haunting effect, and even more haunting is that final shot of Pike floating in the water. This movie is still a ways off, but after this first look it has shot straight up my most anticipated list for the year.
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Article by Wesley Emblidge