“When Gillian Flynn released Gone Girl, little did the potential readers know that this was going to be the most uncomfortable thrill-ride of their lives. And when David Fincher was roped in for its then film adaptation to-be, I knew, at that very moment, that the source material could never get a visual respite any better than this.
Bestsellers come and go, and so do their film adaptations. Most of them are successful, and most of them are young-adult novels. Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily. Does it get tiring eventually? Most definitely. The transition of Gone Girl from book to film, thus, marks a refreshing departure from the tried-and-tested crop of movie adaptations for three different reasons:
- David Fincher has almost always to be the director in demand for most virtually impossible-to-adapt or complex readable fiction. From films like Fight Club all the way to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fincher’s been able to push the envelope in bringing seemingly difficult novels and stories to all their visual splendor that we’re now witness to.
- Flynn’s novel on its own had a payoff too discomforting to handle, so for that to be adapted to film, let alone be backed by 20th Century Fox – one of the biggest studios Hollywood’s gotten – have been an absolutely bold move by the makers on the whole.
- Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are definitely two of the most interesting casting choices for the leads, and one would most definitely like to see where this goes.
Of course, the hitches are one too many: this isn’t an adaptation of a young-adult book by a mile and a half, let alone a Nicholas Sparks novel. Affleck, despite being a powerhouse performer, seems to be bogged down by equal detractors as he has admirers. And to add to that, Pike hasn’t been able to push the envelope, despite showing extreme promise, through the films she’s gotten. The only film she literally shone in was 2011’s highly underrated comedy-drama The Big Year, which unfortunately underperformed.
Questions, questions and more questions are likely to bog the potential viewer down. But every single human being who’s picked up Flynn’s original source to the film will have definitely learnt never to judge a book by its cover.“
– excerpt of the review by Ankit Ojha
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