Another novel adaptation for the ages! Gone Girl is slated to be a massive release, already critically heralded by pretty much everyone. The film even earned a score of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not too shabby!
Especially noteworthy is the goosebump-inducing soundtrack, composed by Nine Inch Nails' frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as commissioned by director David Fincher. Reznor and Ross have worked with him before, most famously scoring the award-winning 2010 Facebook film, The Social Network. Their musical take on the harrowing Gone Girl is downtempo but not sluggish, kind of like Brian Eno if he released a Music For Crippling Fear album.
For those unfamiliar: Gone Girl tells the tale of Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and wife Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike)'s broken marriage. Nick loses his jet-set NYC journalism job and the pair move home to suburban Missouri, open a bar and, well, things get messy. There's a murder and a not-murder, there's an affair, there are ex-boyfriends...it's the ultimate psychological thriller, for sure. Originally written by Gillian Flynn and published in 2012, the novel climbed the New York Times Best Sellers list, delighting and frightening readers along the way. Let's hope the flick has the same effect!
Listen to the Gone Girl soundtrack in full here via NPR First Listen.