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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

October 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

‘Gone Girl’: About that ending

Needless to say, SPOILER ALERT, people . . . in case you didn’t read that headline. And I DO NOT write in ALL CAPS and BOLD very often (though I must say it’s kind of fun), so DO NOT read on unless you’re already familiar with how “Gone Girl” (the book or the movie) ends, and have feelings about it . . .

Is it just us now? Us few people — six million, I heard at least count — who read (or at least bought) Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”? OK. I loved the movie, and stayed spoiler-free (I think) in my review. But now I have two things to say about the ending, because people are asking, and anyone who wants to pipe up in the comments should go right ahead and do so.

  • The ending of “Gone Girl” the movie is virtually the same as the book ending. Despite some confusing messages earlier in production that hinted at a possible change, the end result (scripted by Flynn) is pretty much exactly as it unfolds in the pages of the novel, with a few minor tweaks to the timeline.
  • For me, the book’s ending worked perfectly — and the movie’s ending too. But many people I know, even some who loved the book, hated the ending; they wanted some sort of revenge or justice, not this ice-cold, miserably-ever-after ending. I asked Flynn about it, when I interviewed her last spring. I didn’t include it when I wrote up the interview — it seemed like too much to be discussing the ending in any kind of detail — but now seems a good moment to share what she said:

The book isn’t to me about justice; there’s nothing in the book that has any sort of hint that there’s going to be justice. To me the ending is about two people who are each other’s match, for better or for worse.

Brr. Precisely. Have a great time at your “Gone Girl” date-night this weekend, everyone.

 

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