David Fincher is my favourite director of all time. He is an auteur, and delivers excellence almost 100% of the time (Okay, so Alien 3 and The Game aren’t great, but you know.. Shut up). It would seem this streak of excellence continues with his film Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn’s novel, starring Ben Affleck as his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing, and is soon accused of her murder. You can check outJo’s review of Gone Girl on the site now, but if you haven’t already, it’s time you saw these cracking films from Fincher’s filmography.
Panic Room is quite underrated if you ask me. Of all his films, it’s never usually held in the highest regards. Nevertheless, it’s still a great movie. Jodie Foster and her daughter move into a new home, with a built in Panic Room, and must hide in there when three robbers (Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam and Jared Leto) break into the apartment looking for something valuable. Problem is, it’s in the panic room. Fincher’s use of camera and lighting really help to bring out the dark and claustrophobic elements of the film, creating a scary, chilling thriller, with great performances from Foster, Whitaker and Leto.
The King’s Speech was a great film, but it wasn’t The Social Network. It wasn’t even in the same league as The Social Network. The King’s Speech was a historical film based on a man having to overcome a speech impediment so no doubt it was going to rake in the awards, but honestly, Fincher was robbed. The Social Network tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), and how he came to create Facebook, facing a legal battle, losing friends and a whole lot of drama. Easily one of the best edited and best shot films of the last 10 years, The Social Network is the film that should’ve won Fincher his Oscar for Best Director, and should’ve picked up Best Picture, for taking a story that sounds boring as fuck on paper and turning it into a masterpiece.
Going old school now with his second film, Se7en. Detectives Mills (Brad Pitt) and Somerset (Morgan Freeman) have their worlds turned upside down when their latest case has them looking for a killer whose murders are based on the seven deadly sins. Se7en is a terrifying film; it’s gritty, gothic atmosphere combined with a phenomenal script, great performances and a heart pounding ending (which I’m sure you already know about) solidifies Se7en as one of the best thrillers of all time.
Jake Gyllenhaal teams up with Iron Man and The Hulk in another mystery thriller, Zodiac. Based on a true story, a San Francisco cartoonist (Gyllenhaal) becomes an amateur detective after becoming obsessed with the recent string of murders committed by the mysterious Zodiac killer. The film, sitting at nearly three hours long, moves fairly slow, which is actually a good thing in this instance. Whilst it may not fly by, it allows you take in all the excellence being presented to you on screen. What’s also impressive is Gyllenhaal, a talented actor in his own right, holding his own alongside superior performers Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., the latter of whom is known for stealing films. But whilst his performance in this is one of his best, it belongs to Gyllenhaal. Zodiac is a remarkable film, and should not be missed.
Pfft, as if we were gonna talk about Fincher and not mention Fight Club? Is there anything more that can be said? Fight Club is simply one of the best films of all time, and perhaps Fincher’s best directed film. Pitt and Norton are on top form with great supporting acts from Jared Leto, Meat Loaf and Helena Bonham Carter. An outstanding storyline and phenomenal script tie up this book-adaption and confirms it’s as a masterpiece. However, we’re in big trouble now. We’ve just broken the first two rules.....
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Gone Girl is in cinemas now