I had to watch this a few times. The first time I was simply mesmerized and there was some fangirl squealing involved that I probably shouldn’t admit to.
This trailer is beautiful and haunting much like the song that it is set to. The film has that classic Fincher look that I’ve loved since Se7en. What’s more, each shot looks like it came right out of the book: we see the candlelight vigil, the press conference, Margo, and Tanner.
I wasn’t sure about Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt initially. I had these nightmare visions of Madea flashing upon the screen but thankfully, the brief glimpse of him in the trailer fits the look of the Johnny Cochranesque lawyer of the book.
I was hoping to catch a glimpse of Neil Patrick Harris as Desi. NPH is a perfect fit and it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him in a serious role. Hopefully we’ll see him in the next trailer.
Most prominently featured is Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, the husband of the missing woman. Again, fantastic casting. I have no doubt that he will be amazing in this role and I’m glad for it. He has gotten so much flak since he was cast as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs Superman movie. Too many filmgoers still remember him only as the guy who starred in box-office bombs like Gigli and Daredevil. I prefer to think of him as Oscar-winning co-writer of Good Will Hunting and the director and star of the Best Picture winner Argo. Already there is Oscar buzz for Affleck’s acting performance in Gone Girl so if he delivers, maybe the fanboys will finally simmer down.
My biggest squee moments from the trailer came from seeing iconic scenes, clues and settings from the book. What I am most impressed by is that not a single twist from the novel is spoiled. And there are many. And they are mind-blowing. This is a book readers either love or hate (I’m in the love camp) but one thing we all agree on is that Gone Girl will defy your expectations. Trust me, you don’t want this movie spoiled for you. So go! Read the book and then see the film opening day because once this movie hits theaters, everyone will be talking about it.