The Gone Girl Movie Gets A New Ending, Gives Readers A Reason To See The Movie

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I devoured Gone Girl, just loved it! Despite that, I couldn’t get excited at all for the movie. And it’s not just because I think Ben Affleck’s horribly miscast as Nick Dunne. But also because the suspense of not knowing what was going to happen next was what made the book so incredibly enjoyable. It’s one of the few times when I read a book and really did not see the end coming. As someone who majored in clairvoyance in college and minored in calling Miss Cleo, this is kind of a big deal. So I obviously wondered if the movie would be half as fun as the book if I knew what would be coming next.

[Spoilers ahead! Obviously! I mean read the title of this post. It says ending right in it. So read at your own risk.]

For example, didn’t you gasp aloud when Amy returned as a narrator in the middle of the book? And didn’t you do a full spit take when she showed up back at the house, all casual and “heyyyy husbanddd who’s wanted for my murder, what’s up?” Where’s the fun in the movie if you know those crucial moments are coming? I mean, sure I can rewatch SVU episodes that I’ve seen ten times. But it’s never as enjoyable when you know the mom killed her kid to be with her lover.

Well David Fincher, Gillian Flynn and (ugh) Ben Affleck must’ve agreed with me because they went ahead and rewrote the entire ending. Well actually just Gillian Flynn did the writing. Which is the good news! Considering that she wrote the book, she’s probably the best person to rewrite the ending. Suddenly I’m excited to go out and see the movie. Not just excited, but antsy. I must know how Nick and Amy end up now. I’m picturing some kind of gory double murder, but that’s just the sap in me who loves an old-fashioned corny ending.

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    • Maitri

      Agree with the casting distaste. But then I think BA is kinda weaselly anyway so I dislike pretty much anything he’s in.

      • Jenni

        Ever since his months long Argo award season temper tantrum last year, I can’t stand him.

    • duh

      “As someone who majored in clairvoyance in college and minored in calling Miss Cleo, this is kind of a big deal.”
      That gave me my first big laugh of the day. Thanks! ;-)

    • elle

      I’m kind of not that excited about that actually. I just worry that they are going to change it so Nick figures out a way to get Amy to confess. And I like that in the book he doesn’t. IDK it just seems whenever an endings changed they do it so that the protagonist wins. The one I hated the most was The Town, another BA movie.

      • Jenni

        Well that is a slight concern…that Ben will want to have Nick come out as the hero.

    • Meg Malone

      I still am side-eyeing this movie because I just don’t get how it’s going to unfold as a film given that the narrative structure of the book (same goes for Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places). I did think Gone Girl ended a little too abruptly, but I don’t know if I was thinking it needed a whole ending rewrite. I don’t know – guess I’ll see it when I see it.

      • Maitri

        My guess is voiceover narrative.

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