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One of the biggest movies of the year, the highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s book, Gone Girl, hits theatres on Friday. We could not be more excited for the film about a woman (Rosamund Pike) who mysteriously disappears, and the husband (Ben Affleck) who has to deal with the fallout—including being suspected of killing her. Why are we excited? Lots of reasons. What reasons? Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are five of them:

1. It Has Neil Patrick Harris

It’s pretty much impossible to not love the immensely talented NPH. So, frankly, we’d see anything he’s in (okay, maybe not Beastly). But Gone Girl has us especially intrigued because this definitely doesn’t seem like a typical role for the Doogie Howser/Barney Stinson/Hedwig actor. The trailers make him out to be creepy, serious, and maybe even murderous. We can’t wait to see Harris stretch and play a completely different kind of role. Most of all, we can’t wait to see if he succeeds.

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2. It Continues the Ben Affleck Renaissance

Ben Affleck — he who once infamously fondled Jennifer Lopez’s derriere into career suicide — has been having a hell of a comeback lately. Now, most of that has happened behind the camera. Mr. Affleck has emerged as an extremely talented director with his movies Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Oscar winner Argo. But now the actor also seems on the verge of a comeback in front of the camera, a place we feel he’s often been unfairly criticized. So we’re hoping Gone Girl will quiet some of his critics. Plus, you can bet we’ll be eagerly spending the movie studying his jaw to imagine how good he’ll look in The Dark Knight’s suit in 2016’s Batman vs. Superman.

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3. It Gives Rosamund Pike Her Chance

While Ben Affleck gets a comeback, we’re excited to see a deserving actress finally get her potential breakout. While Rosamund Pike has often found herself banished to supporting roles in silly action films (Doom, Surrogates, Wrath of the Titans), it’s been clear she’s a real talent waiting to shine. We’ve seen that talent in Pride & Prejudice, The World’s End, An Education, and Barney’s Version. We can’t wait to see her be great in Gone Girl and get (hopefully) the roles she deserves from now on.

4. It’s a (Long Overdue) Movie Mystery

Maybe it’s the fact that we’re just coming out of summer blockbuster season — full of giant robots, superheroes, aliens, monsters, and apes — but it feels like forever since we’ve had a good murder mystery in movie form. Whodunnits are on TV all the time, but they’ve been severely lacking on the big screen. So we can’t wait to plunk ourselves down with a giant bag of popcorn and let our inner detective loose to try to figure out whether Ben Affleck did, or did not, kill his wife in Gone Girl.

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5. We Finally Get to See the Ending

For those of us who have read Gillian Flynn’s novel, the last few months have been an endless wait to have a thorn of curiosity yanked out. Why? Several months ago it came out that Flynn — who adapted her own book for the screen — had written a whole new ending for the movie. We’ve been desperate to know what that new ending would be. Now, finally, we can find out after months of waiting.