Gone Girl

gone_girl_40653_posterA trained monkey who doesn’t get the lethal injection  – Gone Girl, based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn is a David Fincher directed film, in which one of the central characters is in deep, way deep trouble – Nick Dunne, you’re probably the most hated man in America right now. While Fincher’s film and Flynn’s novel and script puts the spotlight on marriage gone wrong, the work of both artists depict quite interestingly, yet bitterly how all things are wrong at the same time. One can view the film as reality. The role that media plays in our society or how our societies are played by media; destruction of image of an individual and as millions look on, discuss in secrets the lives displayed on the frame of our televisions. It disgusts me sometimes when I think about it as much as it makes me aware of the status my society.

Without going deep in the plot and its infra-narrative to simply eschew spoiling it, my main goal is to pen few words here on how Fincher is focused as a true auteur.

Nick Dunne’s wife, Amy Dunne, famous as “The Amazing Amy” in the film among friends, family and some fans is intelligent, yet, deep inside she’s strife individual. Taking the advantages of the mastery of Flynn’s plot, and ardently the gravity and atmosphere of her screenplay, Fincher has painted a modern day classic that I, to be honest, don’t possess in my mind the words to define the amounts of reverence and admiration I have for Fincher’s art. I think it’s safe to say that we have a modern day Psycho – Alfred Hitchcock’s all time masterpiece thrilled as much as haunted the audiences when it released in 1960. Fincher’s Gone Girl, despite the seen-it-all; done-it-all and wrote-it-all films out there, has shocked his admirers and audiences intelligently, for every individual in the dark auditorium with faces bathed in the pale light of the screen tilted back and gasped as their hands rested over their gaping mouths.

To achieve such response, such shock and thrill as a director and writer, one must truly be focused. Films are fragile as much as screenplay writing is an arduous task. Though, this doesn’t mean that film-making is easy. What Fincher has achieved is quite essential, noteworthy; he’s pulled the old plug and has inserted an idea with style visually for us to be cherished, but not just seen. I can’t forget the chattering of the audience as they all remained seated and the credits began rolling up with Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor’s hauntingly composed score. As artists, aspiring writers, directors, actors and composers, we must take the onus on the shoulders of ours and focus on the disciplined steps of Fincher’s actors on the screen. Not only in Gone Girl, we can go back in time a bit and look closely at Fincher’s earlier films. There’s this unique set of rules, discipline that his actors possess and follow after Fincher.

Conclusion of a film is crucial as its opening shot. So, one, when directing and writing a film, must comprehend the essentiality and the important difference between the two parts. Looking at Gone Girl, we have a way of understanding the film-maker’s unique and simple vision. And, as we move on with the characters, we begin to observe, if truly seen closely at the picture, the perfect art-work of both the writer and director. If not, let’s say, seen closely at the mentioned parts of a film and not comprehend the style of the film-maker, we don’t begin to observe the importance distinctly. Then, just based on the surface of the art, one may say conclusion, that resolution, is unsatisfactory. And therefore, such notion I find utterly unjust.

Fincher’s film ends with a conclusion that its impact is as powerful as the “Psycho” shower scene that had the audiences shocked in the 60s. And, Fincher has left his audience in such status, which means this truly is a true masterpiece. In the middle, as if he has us all taken to a river in promise of water, yet there’s no river; he has us abandoned. But, that’s the style of a great film-maker, who has the audacity to challenge his admirers and his audiences. Therefore, such act by a great film-maker like Fincher makes Fincher one of the greatest film-makers in the world.

David Fincher: No more early screenings for anyone on earth

This whole muddle was caused by critic David Denby of New Yorker when he broke the embargo and penned a review of upcoming film, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which is directed by David Fincher and produced by Scott Rudin. David Denby finished his review of the film and then New Yorker published it in their latest issue, which just hit the newstands. This angered Fincher and Rudin, Fincher stated New Yorker critic David Denby was “lousy and immoral” to break the embargo and review the film early on December 5th.

And, Scott Rudin in an email to David Denby, which was published in Indiewire, wrote:

You’ve very badly damaged the movie by doing this, and I could not in good conscience invite you to see another movie of mine again. I can’t ignore this, and I expect that you wouldn’t either if the situation were reversed. I’m really not interested in why you did this except that you did — and you must at least own that, purely and simply, you broke your word to us and that that is a deeply lousy and immoral thing to have done. If you weren’t prepared to honor the embargo, you should have done the honorable thing and said so before you accepted the invitation.”

Reading the emails back and forth that Mr. Rudin and Mr. Denby shared you will learn that the review of the film is not negative. Whether it’s negative or positive, I agree with Scott Rudin here, for Denby chose not to honor the embargo and broke his word. That’s a fact. Now the question is, is this going to damage the ticket sales? The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo releases on December 21st, 2011. I don’t think there will be any shortage of ticket sales, the review is positive, and the book, which is the superstar of the film itself is an international best-seller. Mr. Rudin must also comprehend this that it is a David Fincher film. Meaning that he is a master film-maker. Banning Denby from their future film screenings is an action I would probably take as well, for producers are in the money making business and they always are in fear of losing money. But, banning someone for a long time, I think that is too much, how about Mr. Rudin ban Mr. Denby just for a while not forever, for there is something we all know and that is… Lesson learned!



New poster released for Fincher’s ‘Dragon Tattoo’ film

I am a huge aficionado of dark, mysterious, stylish thrillers in which we get to see a character who is lost or trapped in a situation, impossible to crawl out from in real life. When it comes to dark, stylish films the only filmmaker that should come to your mind is Mr. David Fincher, whose credit includes,  The Game (1997), The Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), Zodiac (2007), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and The Social Network (2010). Mr. Fincher has received Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network, the film which also won him the Golden Globe and BAFTA for best director.

Mentioning the list of his masterpieces above is the reason we are all looking forward to his next film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on an award winning crime novel and locked room mystery by Swedish author and journalist, Stieg Larsson. This is the second film based on the novel of the same name; the first film was the 2009 Swedish-language adaptation. This English version is written by Steve Zaillian, and stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer.

 A new stylish and dark poster has just released, which you can see above is the difinition of how Mr. Fincher makes his films. And, what kind of characters and conflicts excites him. This latest one sheet shows a silhouette and the tagline “What is hidden in the snow comes forth in the thaw.” Daniel Craig is also seen front and center, set against Mara’s spiky hair and various foliage.

Official film synopsis:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the film is based on the first novel in the trilogy, which altogether have sold 50 million copies in 46 countries and become a worldwide phenomenon. The screenplay is by Steven Zaillian.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens on December 21, 2011.