Director’s Chair: David Fincher

I usually make a point not to see the movie adaptation of a book I’ve already read (doing so usually just leads to disappointment, and after watching the series finale of Dexter I’ve had enough of that in my life). However, I am so excited to see David Fincher’s movie adaptation of Gone Girl that it will be the first film I see in a theater since March. It takes more than a pretty face and a catchy soundtrack to entice this moviegoer, and I have a feeling that Gone Girl will not disappoint.

First of all, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is an amazing book. I’d hate to oversell it, but it’s smart and interesting and it deserves all the praise it’s received, which is a lot. Second, if one director has the ability to capture the intensity and suspense of the book, it’s Fincher. He’s the guy who made an interesting movie about a computer programmer (The Social Network)—if you’ve ever had a conversation with a programmer then you know this was no small feat. Fincher also has a great track record of directing film adaptations. The movies Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button were both adapted from print, and both proved to be critical and commercial successes.

Finally, Fincher’s work is stylish. Nothing demonstrates this more than the music videos he’s directed. Fincher’s won two Grammy Awards for Best Music Video (for “Love Is Strong” by The Rolling Stones and “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake) and two MTV Video Music Awards for Best Direction (for Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and “Vogue”). More impressive though—and this is not sarcasm, this is real admiration for an amazing video—is the fact that David Fincher directed Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted.” It’s been fifteen years since that video was released, and I still think it’s pure perfection.

Before Fincher’s latest film hits theaters, check out his previous work in our “Director’s Chair: David Fincher” collection. From TiVo Central, select “Find TV, Movies, & Videos,” then select “Browse TV & Movies” to find our “Director’s Chair: David Fincher” collection.

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