For this post, I highlight trailers for two upcoming films with two seemingly similar plot lines: the disappearance of a female character. The films’ central genres, however, are vastly different.
First, in director David Fincher’s mystery-thriller Gone Girl, Ben Affleck stars as Nick, a man who becomes a suspect in the disappearance of his wife Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) and must deal with the investigation and media circus that results. Did Nick harm his wife? Is he being framed? How was the couple’s marriage? Was his wife afraid of him…so much so that she would just disappear? The trailer’s highlighting of Pike’s haunting voice as she narrates excerpts from Amy’s diary played a particular factor in drawing me in to the film—especially when she gets to five very telling (and insanely chilling) words: “This man may kill me.” The fact that this thriller (based on the best-selling novel of the same name) is directed by Fincher (The Social Network, Seven, Zodiac)—a favorite filmmaker of mine—is also more than enough to get me on edge to check the film out when it is released in the US on October 3.
Meanwhile, in writer/director Ned Benson’s drama The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a couple’s relationship is explored from two different points of view—the guy, Conor (played by James McAvoy), and the girl, Eleanor (played by the always fantastic Jessica Chastain). While Gone Girl is more in the mystery/whodunit vein, Eleanor Rigby is a poignant romantic drama. The trailer opens with the courtship of the guy to the girl and presents the couple happy and in love. As the trailer moves forward, however, it shows that the couple’s relationship gets rocky, and Eleanor ultimately up and leaves Conor, which leaves him reeling and without a clue of where she has gone. The trailer does a fantastic job showcasing the clearly emotionally charged performances of McAvoy and, in particular, Chastain. Could Chastain be on her way to another Oscar nomination (after previous nods for The Help and Zero Dark Thirty) with her work here in Eleanor Rigby? Only time will tell—but, first things first, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby releases in the US on September 12, and it’s definitely a film I’m going to want to see!
Gone Girl trailer:
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer: