Have you been looking forward to the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel Gone Girl? Man, I sure have, and ever since we got a sneak peek at Ben Affleck in character as Nick Dunne back in December, I've been dying to see more.
My wish has finally become 20th Century Fox's command, because the first official Gone Girl trailer was posted to the web yesterday. It's largely dialogue-free, set to an intriguing soundtrack, and features a truly spooky image of Rosamund Pike as Amy. But what's really great about this trailer is watching it knowing that even fans of the book will have no idea how the movie will end.
I don't want to spoil the story if you haven't read the book, but generally Flynn's source material chronicles the disappearance of Amy on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, as described through the increasingly unreliable narration of husband Nick and wife Amy. It's slowly revealed that neither is who they seem to be, particularly Amy. Maybe Amy's mysterious nature is why we get only a few glimpses of her in the trailer -- or maybe it's just to make us even more confused about that image of her at the end.
"I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer," Nick says in measured tones, as contrived as any smarmy politician (Ben Affleck: kind of an oddball choice who's looking oddly perfect in this role). While we stare at Amy creepily floating underwater, and Richard Butler's version of "She" plays in the background. I don't really love the prominence of the song -- I'd rather hear some of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's sure-to-be-brooding score -- but having read the lyrics I've decided it was a clever choice:
She may be the face I can't forget
A trace of pleasure or regret
May be my treasure or the price
I have to pay
She may be the mirror of my dream
A smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell
If you're one of the many people who didn't love Gone Girl's ending, you'll be interested to know that the movie will be completely different. So not only do we have the dark, claustrophobic, gritty visuals of brilliant director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network) to look forward to, we have a conclusion that -- hopefully! -- won't be predictable in the slightest.
Author Gillian Flynn has described the intensive process of writing the Gone Girl movie script:
There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I'd spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie.
She's also been pretty clear that the ending bears little resemblance to the book:
Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it. He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’
My guess is that arresting visual of Amy underwater has little to do with the actual ending of the movie. It's sure got people talking, though, and the studio has to love that.
What do you think of the Gone Girl trailer? Are you looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out?
Image via 20th Century Fox