Ben Affleck in GONE GIRL

20th Century Fox

You can have your Paul Thomas Andersons and Terrence Malicks, your Richard Linklaters and Friedberg/Seltzers. For my money the most consistently fantastic and exciting director working today is David Fincher. Even perceived “bottom tier” Fincher thrillers (Panic Room, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are better than a large percentage of other suspense films out there, and it’s his work that I most look forward to every couple years.

His latest is once again an adaptation of an immensely popular novel, but unlike Stieg Larsson’s Nordic thriller Gillian Flynn‘s book lacks a distinct visual style that plays so well into Fincher’s wheelhouse. The film, scripted by Flynn herself, is a mystery set in suburban America that follows a man’s (Ben Affleck) attempt to find his missing wife (Rosamund Pike) and convince the world that he’s not somehow responsible.

Check out the first trailer for Gone Girl below.

First things first. Is that a cover of Elvis Costello’s “She” or just a more recent recording? I ask because it already has some stiff competition for best use in a film thanks to the romantic comedy gem that is Notting Hill.

Bust as for the trailer itself the movie looks unsurprisingly fantastic. A strong cast (including Neil Patrick Harris, Scoot McNairy and Patrick Fugit) compliments the already strong lead duo, and the story looks to offer plenty of room for surprises and growing suspense thanks to its structure. The search for Amy Dunne continues in the present as we see flashback to the past leading up to her disappearance. Presumably we’ll grow to suspect her husband, then let him him off the hook, then bam! He’s guilty after all! Damn you Affleck for being so trustworthy!

I bought the book and haven’t read it yet, but those of you who already finished it look to be as in the dark as the rest of us when it comes to the film’s conclusion. Flynn reportedly rewrote the ending with more than just simple cosmetic changes, but we’ll have to wait until later this fall to see exactly what that entails. Bam! Affleck escapes with the help of Hollywood special effects legend Rick Baker! (Like I said, I haven’t read the book yet.)

Gone Girl opens October 3rd, 2014.

GONE GIRL poster

20th Century Fox


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