Hugely successful novels many times are turned into not so successful movies. There are exceptions. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In, and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. The one thing in common the three have is that the screenplays were written by the novelists as well. The most recent, Gone Girl, has been brought to film by the highly successful director David Fincher. Included in the cast is a big star: Ben Affleck; an actress that has suddenly become a household name: Rosamund Pike; and a cast of supporting actors of some note including Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, and Kim Dickens.
Amy, a beautiful young socialite, is famous as the character based off her parent’s children’s book series, Amazing Amy. She is now living in Kansas City in a McMansion community, married to Nick, a man she fell in love with back during their years in Manhattan. Has life been what she had hoped? As the film begins, she has disappeared in what appears to be a very violent crime. Soon fingers begin to point towards Nick as clues both intentionally and not appear. And everyone is asking what happened to Amy?
David Fincher, arguably one of the best directors of our time, has brought to the screen one of the most successful thriller/mystery novels of the decade. A best seller when it came out, some say the film has topped even the book. Loved by critics, loved by audiences, and pulling in huge money at the box office, is the movie really as good as everyone says? Dark Discussions gives their two cents on the movie and discuss genre favorite David Fincher.