Nearly every woman I know has read Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, and most have loved at least part of it. When the book came out, it was a hot topic among many of my pals to discuss who should be cast in the film (because a movie seemed inevitable, it’s an incredibly cinematic book). When it was announced that David Fincher would direct, folks who believed that he crapped up the English-language adaptation of another beloved novel got a little anxious (others of us are just still pissed over Alien 3). Then, when it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Gone Girl’s male lead,* many folks got even less sure about things. The news that the “entire third act” of the book was rewritten for the film sure didn’t help.
And now we have the trailer! I’m not in the business of reviewing trailers (and you shouldn’t be, either, it’s a fruitless pursuit), but I do think that a trailer like this one can give you an idea of how well a film has captured the spirit of the source material — in this case, a book that takes the traditional missing woman narrative and sets it madly spinning. So, what do you guys think? Are we in for a treat, or an Alien 3 magnitude disappointment? I’m dying to hear what you think.
*Oh, poor Ben Affleck! Doesn’t it seem like every time he’s cast in something people are really mad about it? I suppose he’s crying all the way to the bank with an Oscar in one hand and Jennifer Garner’s gorgeous ass in the other, but I also know he’s a human being, and that’s gotta bum him out.