“I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.”
David Fincher is one of our greatest working filmmakers so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his latest film, the buzzy adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery novel Gone Girl, is one of my most anticipated films of 2014. Here’s a hint: it ranked #3 on the list of my 25 most anticipated movies of 2014. After teasing a teaser for the trailer (yea, you read that right – a teaser for a trailer) over the weekend and releasing a poster this morning (attached below), 20th Century Fox has finally revealed the full trailer for the crime drama. Opening on October 3, 2014, a weekend that most recently worked wonders for Argo and Gravity (both commercially, critically and um… Oscar-ly), Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Patrick Fugit in major roles. For the uninitiated, the synopsis of the novel is as follows:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
Having not read Flynn’s acclaimed novel, I’m going into Fincher’s film stone-cold – oblivious to the story’s big mysteries and secrets. I intend to keep it that way, even though Fincher and Flynn (who adapted her own novel) have made it clear that the film will deviate from the novel, with the story being told in a different way. Among other pertinent information regarding the film, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will once again provide the score – their third in their fruitful collaboration with Fincher. The duo, who won an Oscar for scoring Fincher’s The Social Network, also worked with the director on his last feature, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Watch the trailer below.
Once again, Gone Girl opens October 3, 2014.