A movie about relationships. A movie about how important it is to really communicate and appreciate your significant other. Forgive me if I’m utilizing cliches but it is true: you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. The word absurd has been thrown around in describing my #3 movie of 2014, but I throw the word glorious into the conversation. For most of 2014, I’ve been waiting for a movie with serious wow-factor and I completely fell head over heels for this adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel about a man whose wife unexpectedly disappears under suspicious circumstances and everything points towards the husband being responsible for her disappearance. The latest film from Academy Award nominated director David Fincher, adapted to the screen by Flynn herself, features a rock-solid cast including Ben Affleck, Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens and Rosamund Pike, who I believe gives one of the best acting performances of the year. Fincher’s company in this feature includes the tandem of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross providing the score, Jeff Cronenberg’s cinematography, Kirk Baxter’s editing; Gone Girl culminates into a modern day film noir worthy of being called one of the year’s best films.
Director: David Fincher
Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn (adapted from Flynn’s novel of the same name)
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Sela Ward, Tyler Perry, David Clennon, Patrick Fugit, Lisa Baines, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson
Crew: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (score), Jeff Cronenweth (cinematography), Kirk Baxter (editing), Donald Graham Burt (production design), Sue Chan and Dawn Swiderski (art direction), Douglas A. Mowat and Gena Vasquez (set direction), Trish Summerville (costume design)