Without a doubt, Gone Girl is the movie adaptation I’m most anticipating in 2014—so I’m super-excited that the first trailer is out! Whereas other trailers may rely on footage from only a few scenes, making it clear that not everything has been shot, this first sneak peek actually cycles through a lot of the movie. What’s interesting, however, is that it’s largely nonverbal.
Set to the haunting strains of Elvis Costello’s “She,” we witness the aftermath of Amy Dunne’s (Rosamund Pike) disappearance, her anguished husband Nick’s (Ben Affleck) search for her, and the underlying tensions that make us start to believe that he may have had something to do with it.
Affleck has the only real lines in the trailer, ending with his impassioned “I did not kill my wife; I am not a murderer” while we are presented with the worst-case scenario: Amy’s waterlogged corpse. What I love is how we never see Amy in real-time—for reasons that readers of the book will know, but I won’t spoil—and instead glimpse her only through memories and recollections. She’s both “Amazing Amy” and the sullen woman Nick knows, and it’s unclear how much of the truth he’s telling.
Director David Fincher knows music; who can forget his incredible opening sequence to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”?
So, we trust his decision to use music for our first tour through Amy and Nick’s marriage. After all, the crux of the story is how beloved and innocent she is, so it only makes sense that we see an idealized version of her. That said, I’d love to see the next, more detailed trailer, delve into Nick and Amy’s conflicting, unreliable narratives via his recollections of the days after her disappearance and her diary entries.
Other things I’m excited about in this trailer: The memory where Amy and Nick pass a bakery and dance in a cloud of flour; Margo flipping off the press; THE SHED ahhh.
Let’s not forget that author Gillian Flynn has rewritten the entire third act; though I doubt any trailers will hint at those changes, it’s still fun to think about possible alternate endings. Gone Girl comes to theaters October 3, 2014.