For those of you who have been living under a rock with a bunch of shellfish, and/or haven’t been to an airport in the last few years, and/or are one of the engineers aboard the International Space Station (in which cases you are excused), you most certainly know that a movie called Gone Girl is being released in the coming few days, and that it is a movie adapted from a book of the same name that did the rounds of the short-haul commuters not long ago (airport ‘bookshops’ are notoriously samey).
The release of this movie means a few things:
1. David Fincher is back, and this means we get more luscious visuals, brooding atmosphere and cracking dialogue, the likes of which has most recently been enjoyed by nearly everyone in The Social Network and Zodiac (yes, I left out Dragon Tattoo on purpose). This film proves to have a tone more akin to Zodiac, which I believe is not only one of Fincher’s best ever outings, but it is also slightly too under-the-radar – probably shrouded by Se7en.
2. Ben Affleck is also back, and this time he doesn’t sit in the Director’s chair. We haven’t seen much of Ben acting while directed by someone other than himself since his career crumbled in the early noughties – I’m looking at you Paycheck. So on what form does he come to us here? My guess is near enough top form – lord knows Fincher has managed to drag that out of most actors he has worked with, even if their career is faltering, has faltered, or is only just rebooting (in Zodiac Fincher teased the now yawn-worthy Robert Downey Jnr. peackock schtick out of him before he’d ever fricken heard of Iron Man).
3. We get the first truly respectable genuine adult release since, well, I don’t know, I don’t know, ok?! But the point is that movies are rarely release for adults nowadays, and that isn’t the same as just receiving an adult rating, which could just as easily point towards excessive gore or horror than an actual adult theme and tone. Fair enough, Taken was released round the world on adult certificates, but it’s a farce, a popcorn movie, the closest you can get to a teenage action flick like Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol without it being at all as accessible to the same age group. No, Gone Girl is a different story. By adults, for adults. That’s a rare thing. Not by adults, for teenagers, and money (Divergence, The Giver, The Maze Runner etc.)
I for one am ecstatic about the coming release of Gone Girl as I’m sure you can tell. Are you?
Tweet @MovieMasticator to share your thoughts on the return of the mighty Fincher!