I had a very similar reaction to David Fincher’s (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Gone Girl that I had after seeing Christopher Nolan’s Intersteller in 2014. I couldn’t stop smiling because both of my favorite directors knocked their movies out of the park.
Now, most of you either already know all about the story because you read Gillian Flynn’s book or dislike reading like me and watched the movie (prior to second run movie screenings), or you have followed the hype leading into award season. Therefore, you couldn’t care less what I say about the movie… so I won’t bore you.
I honestly don’t know why I waited until 2015 to see Gone Girl. My only explanation is that even before the movie came out I knew exactly what I would be getting myself into. Fincher is a genius and Gone Girl was going to be nothing less than a mind-f***. With that being said, I had really high hopes for the movie and was working for PwC when it came out, so I struggled to find a good time to get to the theater. I also, was worried that it wouldn’t be one of my favorite films of the year and it would let me down.
Fincher has big meaning to my career choice as a producer and I only expect the best from him. When I was 12 years old with a bunch of friends at a soccer tournament I saw Panic Room without even knowing it was Fincher (I loved the movie). A couple years later I saw Fight Club having no idea it was the same director (I loved that movie). Sometime between seeing Panic Room and Fight Club I saw all the Alien movies and had some weird draw to Alien 3. Then I saw Se7en and realized it was the same director as Fight Club. Then I saw both Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (loved them) and made no connection between all six movies.
It wasn’t until The Social Network that I had my “oh shit!” moment realizing that David Fincher had been the director that had the biggest impact on taking my adult themed movie virginity. The Social Network instantly made my top 5 of all time.
The king of book adaptations made the most important critique on society and the sickness of manipulation that infects it that I have ever seen. Gone Girl was not a comfortable movie to see, but everyone needs to see it to show the scary truth about modern relationships.
By: Jonny Havey | Chief Producer & Director