"When I think of my wife, I always think of the back of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brain, trying to get answers. The primal questions of a marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other? What will we do?" This opening line is used to describe 2014’s anticipated mystery thriller Gone Girl. Directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, based on her 2012 literary phenomenon that sold 6 million copies worldwide. The film centers on Nick Dunne and with his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, he sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
The inception of the film began when one of the film's producers, Leslie Dixon, read the manuscript of the novel in 2011 and brought to the attention of Reese Witherspoon in December of that year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon was drawn to the script because of its strong female character and its use of multiple perspectives and non-linear structure. Witherspoon and Dixon then collaborated with Bruna Papandrea to develop it. With Flynn's film agent Shari Smiley they met with film studios in early 2012. On January 22, 2013, it was announced that Witherspoon will only be producing, and will not be starring in the film. David Fincher has been announced as the director, with Ben Affleck cast as Nick and Rosamund Pike in the role of Amy. Unlike the novel, Flynn stated that the film will deviate from the novel, especially with its ending. In order to keep readers interested in the film version, and viewers from getting spoiled. Second unit photography began on September 11, 2013. Although the film is based in North Carthage, Missouri, Principal photography began on September 15 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, scheduled to last about five weeks. Casting of extras had taken place in the Rose Theatre of Southeast Missouri State University, also located in Cape Girardeau. Some scenes were also filmed in Los Angeles. On January 21, 2014, Trent Reznor announced that he and Atticus Ross would provide the score, marking their third collaboration with Fincher, following The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
Dark, intelligent, stylish and Hitchcockian to the very bone, Gone Girl is the ultimate testament to Fincher's sick strengths while bringing the best performances out of Affleck and Pike. A craftily sophisticated thriller, a cracking piece of entertainment and it is arguably the most accomplished and the finest David Fincher film ever! The story is blessed by great characters and many witty and imaginative touches, in particular the conceit by which the Dunnes are each given despicable motives and personalities. As well as the chemistry between the two leads, the film has some of Fincher's best characterizations. He deftly etches his small-town characters and homey surroundings. Fincher can raise more goose pimples to the square inch of a customer's flesh than any other director in Hollywood. It is an indisputable masterpiece. Fincher called this film "The Ultimate Date Movie that will end 15 million marriages", and it is! It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best film of the year and has gone on to become one of my top five favorite films of all time.
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