2013 brought us several worthwhile auteur projects, and 2014 looks to be no different. In addition to new - and original - offerings from the likes of Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), there's going to be a new David Fincher release in the shape of Gone Girl: the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, and a return to the contemporary noir/mystery genre for the Seven and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director.
Flynn wrote the Gone Girl film script based on her source novel (published in 2012), which revolves around the married couple Nick and Amy Elliott Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in Fincher's movie): a couple who's been struggling since Nick - a former reputable journalist - lost his job and the pair moved from New York to Nick's Missouri hometown. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy mysteriously vanishes and the sordid truth about her dysfunctional relationship with Nick comes to light - but is Nick really the one responsible for her disappearance?
Well... maybe, but that doesn't mean Nick is also dumb enough to not at least appear concerned about his missing wife's safety and make a public effort to track her down, as the first image from Gone Girl illustrates:
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Relative newcomer Carrie Coon - also starring in Damon Lindelof's The Leftovers TV series in 2014 - plays the key role of Nick's twin sister Margo, while the supporting cast is rounded out by the likes of actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Patrick Fugit (Thanks for Sharing) and Kim Dickens (Treme).
Gone Girl has the makings of another unsettling slow-burn thriller from Fincher, complete with an intriguing premise and glisteningly dark videography of the director's Fight Club, The Social Network and Dragon Tattoo cinematographer, Jeff Cronenweth. The story is one that should be especially troubling for married and/or long-term couples, seeing how it's a Hitchcockian look at the psychological effects of maintaining a relationship (especially, one full of compromises) - as was Flynn's intention when she wrote the original book.
For the rest of us, though, Gone Girl seems a bit like David Fincher's version of This Is 40 - which, to be fair, could be pretty awesome.
Gone Girl opens in U.S. theaters on October 3rd, 2014.
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