Gone Girl

Directed by David Fincher
Screenplay by Gillian Flynn
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Sela Ward, Carrie Coon
Editing: Kirk Baxter
Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth
Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Oscar cred: David Fincher, enough said.  You have to go back to Zodiac to find a film directed by Fincher that wasn’t nominated for its leading actor. Zodiac remains among the best films to receive zero Oscar nominations. Fincher should have handily won for 2010’s The Social Network. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo earned Fincher his third DGA nomination for feature film. Kirk Baxter has won back to back Oscars for working with Fincher both for Dragon Tattoo (which became the first film since 1968 to win editing without a Best Picture nomination, and win no other Oscars) and for the Social Network.  Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross also won Oscars for scoring The Social Network.  He was also nominated for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Cronenweth has two Oscar nods for cinematography for Dragon Tattoo and Social Network.  Fincher himself has received two directing nods, one for The Social Network and the other for the Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  He was not nominated for Fight Club, Zodiac or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.   He remains one of the best working directors in Hollywood currently without an Oscar, in good company alongside Robert Altman, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, John Cassavettes, Sidney Lumet, etc.

Gone Girl book synopsis:

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister Margo at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.