Gone Girl: Final Preview

Posted by The Daily Zombies Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fresh off its critically lauded premiere at the opening night of the 52nd New York Film Festival, David Fincher's Gone Girl is set to hit theaters everywhere tomorrow. The Daily Zombies take a final look at the thriller drama. 

We must first confessed the fact that we have yet to check out Gone Girl, the best-selling thriller novel of the same name written by Gillian Flynn. Which means our excitement for the film adaptation of the novel is entirely reserved for the auteur film-maker in helm, David Fincher. Indeed, we have followed Fincher's career with much anticipation and excitement. While there have been the occasional The Game, Panic Room, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, one must bear in mind that this is the very same person that brought you Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac, and The Social Network. Just yesterday, we took a retrospective look at what Fincher doesn't do when it comes to his directorial craft courtesy of Tony Zhou from Every Frame a Painting. 

With Gone Girl generating some phenomenal positive vibe following its premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival, anticipation over the thriller drama has been built up just fine especially when you consider the genre of the film. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, both Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike discussed on the theme of the film which further added to the enticing element of the film.

Ben Affleck suggested it as the perfect date movie: 

“I actually think this is the perfect date movie, not because I think it’ll result in divorce – I think that’s just David’s fantasy – but because it’s the kind of movie that a husband and wife could talk about afterwards. I think a man and a woman would have different takes on what happens. The last time I was in a movie that I thought polarised men and women in an interesting way was Chasing Amy. That was quite some time ago.”

And Pike brought up subjects on the nature of marriage:

“That aspect of marriage as a con game, or whatever. The idea that we perform a sort of ideal version of ourselves that the other person wants. We perhaps belie our true nature in order to perform to the ideal. David and I talked a lot about living in an age of rampant narcissism.”

In an interview with Film Comments, Fincher somewhat aligned to what Affleck mentioned:

“I can’t wait to see what will go on between couples at dinner after they see the movie. There are so many interesting tectonic shifts. When the people I’ve shown the movie come out of it, they are either Team Amy or Team Nick. Team Amy doesn’t have a single quibble about her behavior, and Team Nick doesn’t have any problems with his. Then there are people who primarily measure it against the book and how they felt about the characters in the book.”

Interestingly, Fincher also further discussed on his choice in casting Affleck in the role:

“I enjoyed working with him immensely. The baggage he comes with is most useful to this movie. I was interested in him primarily because I needed someone who understood the stakes of the kind of public scrutiny that Nick is subjected to and the absurdity of trying to resist public opinion. Ben knows that, not conceptually, but by experience. When I first met with him, I said this is about a guy who gets his nuts in a vise in reel one and then the movie continues to tighten that vise for the next eight reels. And he was ready to play. It’s an easy thing for someone to say, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’d love to be a part of that,’ and then, on a daily basis, to ask: ‘Really? Do I have to be that foolish? Do I have to step in it up to my knees?’ Actors don’t like to be made the brunt of the joke. They go into acting to avoid that. Unlike comics, who are used to going face first into the ground. Nick is someone who has skated by on charm and has that as a deflection mechanism. And that’s what crucifies him. And Ben got that.”

The marketing engine at 20th Century Fox has thus far been cleverly subverting the unknowing audience's expectations from a straight story into what appears to be a much darker tale with a monster at the end of it. Will that be the case since it has been much reported that the film will have a different ending from the source material? With Gillian Flynn in charge of the screenplay, all we can say is that it will at least be fair game if there is indeed a different ending. And with no further ado, we take a final look at the last burst of fire from the marketing team at Fox.

Here's the final trailer right for those who have not checked it out.


Clips from the film.

First up, "Who Are You", a "Meet Cute" that will truly be a haunting moment in retrospect.

In this clip, the lesson learnt is you should bloody know your wife's blood type.

And here's a recently-released TV spot entitled "Truth is my Defense".

Another cool TV spot, entitled "VOw".

With Mr. Nine Inch Nails himself, Trent Reznor, along with Atticus Ross back to provide the score following their inspiring collaboration with Fincher on The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, we are understandably excited on the musical ambience aspects of the film. Here's a preview of the score with a track entitled "The Way He Looks At Me". 

And if you are interested in checking out the entire score before watching the film, you can head over to NPR to listen to the full score.

Here's an international poster that was recently released, harkening back to the earlier posters.

Official images from the film.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl is currently scheduled for release on 3rd October 2014.


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