David Fincher

After the free data and free calls buzz, I have lost the appetite to make phone calls and net surfing. The same with watching movies. When there was no streaming platforms, I guess I used to watch a lot of movies. After Amazon Prime subscription, I’m making it a point to utilize it.

Last week, when I was watching TV on a one-off occasion, I happened to get a glimpse of Gone Girl playing on &flix HD. Then, I decided to watch it on one of the streaming platform. But decided to have a wider screen experience. So browsed my husband’s hard drive and found a Blu-Ray print on it.

As I was home alone over the weekend, I decided to convert my living room into a cinema hall. I waited till around 8 PM in the night and turned off the lights, connected my hard disk and played Gone Girl.

I need not explain how David Fincher hooks us to the screen. The film gasped me in right from the word ‘Go’. Initially I started suspecting Nick, with the turn of events and Fincher’s gripping direction showed who Amy really was. For Fincher’s movies, you have to be mentally prepared to get into the mood of the film.

The movie didn’t leave my mind even after two days. I kept thinking over it all through the night. The next morning I opened David Fincher’s wiki and noted down his movies that I have missed.

On the afternoon, I started with “The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”.

Though I have watched Fincher’s films before, this movie was spine-chilling. I was totally unprepared for certain physical abuse scenes. I had to pause and calm myself down to get me going. I really fell for Lisbeth Salander and cried for her in certain parts. I felt like I was living with Mikael in that guest house in Sweden. I was in the back seat when Lisbeth rode her motorcycle through the streets of Sweden. The characters were suave and sleek. The film requires multiple re-watch to get the intended nuances and grasp Fincher’s style.

What in the name of direction Fincher does to us? I kept reading over and over about the movie. I also watched the movie’s scene break down videos on You Tube for the next one week. I later realized through the videos that more than 70% of the movie used visual effects. I thought visual effects are used in movies such as Spider Man, Avengers etc. But this movie had more effects than that and still it had such an emotional feel and felt more human.

David Fincher, you rock star!!! I still have “The Game and The Panic Room” left out. Hope to catch those two very soon. Before I let go off the David Fincher mood, I should re-watch his earlier gems again.