Gillian Flynn’s best selling novel “Gone Girl” is a complex mystery about a missing woman, an apparently guilty husband and the remnants of a seemingly “perfect” marriage.
The story centers around Nick Dunne, whose beautiful and charming wife, Amy Elliott Dunne, disappears without a trace from their comfortable home on the day of their five-year wedding anniversary. The search for Amy weaves an intensely complicated plot – as told through Nick’s present day events as suspect number one, and Amy’s damning diary entries. The narrators are unreliable, unlikeable and frankly…horrible people. Without giving any details away, the book threw me for a spin… I actually had a “clutch my pearls gasp” moment.
For those of you who haven’t read the book…. READ IT! (if you have the time, the patience or the inclination)… It’s a fantastic and completely gripping thriller, full of more twists than an M. Night Shyamalan film (in a good way). If however, you happen to be a CliffNotes aficionado, you’re in luck… there’s a film!
The official teaser trailer for Gone Girl was released last night … and it has me intrigued.
The best thing about the book was that it was unpredictable – and the film will be no exception. Far from a simple re-telling, Gillian Flynn herself has re-worked the screenplay and ending – throwing out the controversial “third act” of the book and starting over:
Director David Fincher is a master of crime thrillers, with Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Fight Club, Se7en and Zodiac setting ominous and fantastic precedence for Gone Girl.
Ben Affleck stars as Nick Dunne, in quite possibly the best casting choice for this film. Picture this press conference scene from early in the book (and the trailer):
“The news reports would show Nick Dunne, husband of the missing woman, standing metallically next to his father-in-law [Rand], arms crossed, eyes glazed, looking almost bored as Amy’s parents wept. And then worse. My longtime response, the need to remind people I wasn’t a dick, I was a nice guy despite the affectless stare, the haughty, douchebag face.
So there it came, out of nowhere, as Rand begged for his daughter’s return: a killer smile.”
HOW DO YOU LIKE DEM APPLES?! There’s no one I could picture better than Ben Affleck playing this role.
Rosamund Pike will play the perfect alpha-girl Amy Dunne, supported by Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, Casey Wilson and Sela Ward.
Fans of the book are beyond excited. I’ve recommended the book to almost everyone I know… here’s hoping I can do the same for the film.
Gone Girl will be released in theatres October 3, 2014.