[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher. These articles contain spoilers.]
“I want to see everybody as unhappy as me,” Fincher says jokingly in the making of documentary for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. For most of his filmography, Fincher has given us cynicism we can understand but as a way of peeking behind the corner to show us some darkness. Cynicism perseveres because it’s surrounded by what’s seemingly positive. With House of Cards, Fincher held our hands and we jumped into a world we already knew was wretched, awful, and rotten: Washington politics. The challenge wasn’t to make audiences detest politicians; the challenge was making it so damned delectable.
Fincher never stopped making commercials or music videos even when his career as a filmmaker took off. He moved to television with House of Cards but in the 21st century model created by Netflix, and only as something he helped launch as Beau Willimon worked as showrunner. So other than all being as unhappy as him, what does the future hold for David Fincher?