The bestseller written by Gillian Flynn is already one of the best books I've read in my life, instantly becoming in one of my favorites, so you could imagine my reaction when I heard David Fincher (The Social Network, House of Cards) was set to direct. The man is great creating complex characters, putting the audience in a hard place where you can't really say if they're the good or the bad guys. That is exactly what happens while you are reading Flynn's novel.
However, even when we're talking about a movie based on a book -which happens everyday-, this, by far, is not meant to be a saga. Gone Girl has the potential to become a very strong competitor in next year's Oscars, Golden Globes and Guilds awards, so Fincher has a difficult task to achieve. It won't be easy to get to be at the level the novel had at critics and social impact.
For those who haven't read the book, I tell you from now there could be some big SPOILERS AHEAD. So, you're warned, people.
5.- The "two sides of the story" narrative.
If something makes the Flynn's narrative incredible addictive is the possibility of having two points of view about the same facts all the time. Nick Dunne is the husband and main suspect of the strange disappearance of Amy-Elliot Dunne. Is really nick that hypocrite guy who seems to be not worried about the love of his life is missing? Is really Amy the loving and faithful wife that is getting famous on the media?
Flynn makes the reader to emit judgements all the time, and to create impressions of people even when she doesn't give us all the info we need. Just like what happens in real life, as better we know a person, the more we find out about his past and create ourselves a picture completely different than the one we made when we first met.
Voice-off? Yes, that could be the narrative element Fincher would logically use in his movie, but is quite predictable, right? I trust this genius will find another way to give the feeling of not really know who to believe until the end.
4.- The Clue Hunting
Amy's disappearance happens the same day of 5th marriage anniversary, so, to make her husband find his present, she creates an infuriating treasure hunt that will take Nick to face his darkest secrets.
The official trailer revealed Fincher will in deed use this part of the book, and hopefully, it will help to increase the suspense in the plot. However, there are a few clues that take too long to be solved by Nick, so it's possible Fincher to remove some of them or only use the most important or mysterious ones. I only ask them to be just as Flynn wrote them in the book.
Picture me as your student...
3.- No one supports Nick 'til the end.
Compared to other dramas where our main character has always a friend who believes in him 'til the end, helping to prove the doubtful innocence, Flynn's Nick Dunne was always guilty, and no one truly believed in his side of the story. Not even his sister, who seems to be his only ally when everybody calls him a murderer, can take the pressure when we find enough evidence to put him in jail.
Nick has to find his way to prove, maybe that he's not 100% guiltless, but that his wife is also trying to incriminate him as a revenge, and that she's alive... very alive.
2.- You love her... then you hate her.
The first half of the book is designed so well, that you fell in love with Amy Dunne, how is it even possible Nick doesn't care about this incredible woman? How was he able to cheat her with a dumb-hot student? Well, the thing is Amy wants you to love her as well.
Just like Nick, the reader falls into the spell of a woman who has serious identity problems. Amazing Amy is a very clever woman who will do anything to see Nick cracking down, and she gives very good -crazy, but good- reasons to explain why she created this big lie.
Starting now, I'll think it twice before I get married.
1.- The End.
Ben Affleck declared a few moths ago that, while reading the script, he realized Gillian wrote a whole new third act for the movie, changing the original ending the book had. We do not know for sure how much Flynn modified, but I really enjoyed the conclusion of the novel.
We really have the feeling of not being able to help Nick, he may have avoided jail, but he will deal with a punishment even more hard: spending the rest of his life with Amy. I can only wish the story won't take a pointless twist, and finishing in a creative and really unexpected way. In Fincher we trust.
Gone Girl opens next October 3rd, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry & Neil Patrick Harris.