It’s almost time for you to take “Gone Girl” home.
The much-buzzed-about book turned film that made big waves at the box office in the fall of 2014 makes its DVD and Blu-Ray debut Jan. 13, 2015. That’s just two days before the Academy Award nominations are announced and a little more than a month before the Feb. 22, 2015, Oscars telecast.
Although there’s no such thing as a sure thing, it’s a pretty safe bet “Gone Girl” will get some love come awards season. In fact, it already netted four Golden Globe nominations (with the awards to be announced Jan. 11, 2015) and won the top film and screenplay honors at the Hollywood Film Awards in November 2014.
If you’re not familiar with “Gone Girl,” you have time to catch up. First, read the novel, penned by Gillian Flynn, who grew up in Kansas City. Although set in the fictional town of North Carthage, Missouri, the book mentions very real places such as St. Louis, Hannibal and the Missouri Ozarks.
The story focuses on a missing woman whose husband becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance and the central figure in the ensuing media circus.
In adapting the novel to film, Cape Girardeau was selected to represent North Carthage. The cast (including Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike) spent six weeks in Cape Girardeau, under the watchful eyes of director David Fincher (“Fight Club,” “Seven,” “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), who made the city a significant part of the film.
Images from Cape Girardeau include the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River, and The Bar, which celebrated its grand opening December 2014, as a restaurant/pub in the city’s downtown. Also, you’ll spot the Mississippi River Tales Mural on the city’s floodwall and the Common Pleas Courthouse, one of Cape’s most historic buildings.
Don’t miss little nods to Missouri, such as a well-placed bottle of Les Bourgeois wine, Affleck’s character alternating between a Boulevard Brewery T-shirt and a St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, and a pretty funny shout-out to Branson.
After you read the book and watch the film, take the “Gone Girl” driving tour of film locations in Cape Girardeau. Details about the tour are available on the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau website.
If you were one of the nearly 1,700 people who worked as an extra on “Gone Girl,” it’s okay to keep the pause button handy and have a celebratory high-five with friends and family when you make it on screen. If you watch the entire film in slow motion, waiting to see yourself … that’s kind of creepy.
Even if you weren’t in the film, be sure to check it out before the Oscars telecast. Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris has a significant supporting role in “Gone Girl,” so it’s likely he’ll give the film – and his co-stars – some recognition during his opening bit.
Use those recently-obtained gift cards wisely and make “Gone Girl” a part of your post-holiday reading/watching experience.