By Matthew McKibben | April 17, 2014
The first full length trailer for director David Fincher’s Gone Girl was released earlier this week. Featuring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, the story seemingly revolves around a flashback/modern day narrative in which Ben Affleck’s character searches for his wife who has gone missing, and judging by the final shot of the trailer, is presumably dead. I am a pretty huge fan of Fincher’s Zodiac and am more than thrilled that he is returning to the true crime genre. All the Fincher staples appear to be present, with the dark cinematography, the seemingly slow burn, yet stylized narrative, and inspired music choices with Richard Butler’s cover of Elvis Costello’s “She.”
I hope I’m not digging too deep after watching just one trailer, but I wonder if the “I did not kill my wife. I’m not a murderer” lines that play over the haunting final shot of the wife floating under water is a clue of some kind. That sure doesn’t sound like Affleck’s voice to me. And not to get too sidetracked, but every time I see something with Affleck in it, I wonder how he’s going to do as the Caped Crusader in 2016’s Man of Steel follow up, (the for now titled) Batman vs Superman. His part in Runner Runner did little to sell himself as Batman, however this trailer should go a long way in easing fan fears that he’s not capable of darker, more interesting material.
Gone Girl will be released by 20th Century Fox on October 3rd.