I liked the ending a lot as is, but I would definitely have found it incredibly satisfying for her to end up in prison, sitting in a little box, no control. I did read an interview with Flynn who said she couldn't bring Nick to kill Amy and I liked that reasoning; that being said, Nick was nearing psychosis in his hate of Amy and I didn't buy his final and ultimate resignation to their marriage. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast.

Mom kind of likes him!” And that’s the end. Few films are quite so hard to discuss - let alone critically assess - without recourse to talking about their twists as Gone Girl. Desi's mother was presumably trimmed for time, but it leaves the film notably light on sympathetic women. Nick meanwhile is altogether more sympathetic - or at least more docile - in the movie than the book. I didn't see a smooth, calculated killer, just another annoying rich girl. Even if we don't get to see Amy's demise, I'd like to read a version where things end when Nick discovers this slip-up. I just finished reading Gone Girl. When the son starts behaving in a way that does not satisfy that need any longer, I imagine that Amy would simply set up the son in order to destroy him. At the start of the year, Gillian Flynn reported that she'd written a new ending for her screenplay, apparently at the request of David Fincher, who'd been disappointed by returns on his faithful version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. That being said, I'd be interested in reading an alternate ending in which Amy slips up on one tiny detail, and Nick uses that to tear down her entire charade. Gone, too, the early break in Nick and Amy's relationship, which lead to Amy's festering feelings about men. The movie heightens the sense that Amy's crying of sexual assault is an especially effective trump card with the male detective in the room. Want to talk about changes the film made to the book - especially its ending - without ruining it for others? It annoyed me so badly I wanted to punch something. 9 Awesome Movies With 99% On Rotten Tomatoes, 10 Movie Monsters All Played By The Same Actor We know that Amy is a psychopath, self-absorbed, and very intelligent, but she was so petulant it was hard to believe. Seen on Sky News; featured in The Guardian, NY Times, The Independent and more. For those who don't have kids, they look to their parents for love and guidance, and they do not understand, particularly at an early age, the consequences of their actions. What it felt like was a flat pancake stack of my hopes, some beautiful writing, and convenient explanations squished into something easily packaged and bland. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. The ending was flat, and I kind of lost interest. I really enjoyed the whole book, but the ending just had me in disbelief. I really enjoyed the whole book, but the ending just had me in disbelief. On the day of the murder, for instance, he does go to the beach on Amy's instruction, while in the novel he meets his mistress and reads magazines. Beyond all else, I can't imagine her treating him with love, and that's just so tragic. David Fincher’s movie of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller is released this weekend. I wasn't shocked by the ending. That being said, I thinks it leaves the door open for a sequel. I think the tone shift would've been extremely poignant if Amy was immediately the vengeful, unrepentant psychopath we see at the end.

They felt deflated from the first half of the novel. This is the film's real ace and where Fincher's aims really lie. This thread is archived. Amy proved herself to have flaws and emotions previously, the undoing of psychopaths, so I can't buy in to the idea that everything was that supremely planned out. Nick not leaving Amy just seemes so strange to me. She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.".

They're fucked up people who are basically holding each other hostage.

Nick and Amy's marriage is the microcosm, an allegorical skirmish in the macrocosmic war of the sexes. He will probably never find a job, no gf or wife, no children, etc. Other people have said that that's not how real life works, but that's what makes it a satisfying ending.

If Amy had planned/protected her escape better (not talked to Greta), she would not have had to call Desi. Reinstating Desi's mother might have also raised too many questions about the plausibility of the police swallowing Amy's story. If you don't want to know what happens in either film or book, stop reading now. That Amy is one step ahead? Flynn is an author who DIDN'T want to tie everything in a now bow at the end and say, "She got caught and Nick lived happily ever after."

He does get her to come home after all. In Part II, I lost the Flynn's voice immediately when Amy resurfaced, and kept waiting for it to return. How could it end like that? Gone Girl revamps gender stereotypes - for the worsePeter Bradshaw's reviewXan reviews and reports from the New York film festival premiereWatch a video reviewRead interviews with David Fincher, Neil Patrick Harris and Gillian Flynn, and watch one with Ben Affleck, Available for everyone, funded by readers. I guess I wanted it wrapped up with a bright, red bow with Amy getting what she deserved and Nick living happily ever after. That's why we've chosen David Fincher's film to kick off a new series offering a forum for free discussion by those who've already seen the film. She thinks miles ahead of Nick and the police. He needs the public to like him, and he openly admits that he was the "best version of himself" when he was with Amy, even if that version of himself wasn't completely authentic. People should have realized near the end that Amy isn't going to get caught. Likewise, we never learn in the film that Amy actually went so far as to poison herself with antifreeze to frame Nick, nor to freeze her vomit. If Nick doesn't cheat, Amy doesn't frame him for her murder. How could it end like that?

Delivering passionate and comprehensive entertainment coverage to millions of users world-wide each month. It is our intent and purpose to foster and encourage in-depth discussion about all things related to books, authors, genres, or publishing in a safe, supportive environment. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. This is a moderated subreddit. The last few paragraphs of the book are key, when Nick tells her he feels sorry for her and Amy admits she can't stop thinking about his words. I've never read a book where I've hated both the main characters and wanted bad things to happen to them it was a very weird experience. For Gillian Flynn, it was a really smart way to give Amy a way out, but it opened many more dissatisfying thoughts for me around the son's fate.

I came out of it liking zero of the characters but I enjoyed the eff out of the story, despite it being disturbing. Sorry to come traipsing back into a 2 day old thread, but I just finished the book and was looking for some discussion. So you'd be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about. But the son has no control in this. Gone is the girl (Hilary Handy) Amy framed for stalking. The main ingredients in the ending - Amy kills Desi, returns, is believed by the police and taken in by Nick, then gets pregnant using his frozen sperm, forcing him into not divorcing her - remain exactly the same. First of all, I didn’t write it as an open ending to set up a sequel at all. The climax of the film is therefore the penultimate scene in which Nick turns, in part, into the very wife-beater of Amy's fictional diaries, as news of the pregnancy leads him to bash her head against the wall.

THAT'S REALITY (in Amy and Nick's world). She's a bit of a cartoon super-villain anyway, so to have them find some angle that was seeded earlier, and use it to finally put her away would definitely have been satisfying. I basically read through the last few chapters just to get it finished. The most troubling thought to me about the ending to Gone Girl is the inevitable fate of their son. My coworkers and I read it a few months ago for our book club. The biggest change is that rather than each of them writing a memoir (and Nick being persuaded to delete his), rather Nick's escape is prevented after Amy reveals the pregnancy just before they must appear as apparently happy parents-to-be on the Ellen Abbott TV show. I agree with the character summation. You can make the argument that the fate of the principal characters was brought on by themselves (except for the victims of Amy's lies from her past). If you're looking for help with a personal book recommendation, consult our Weekly Recommendation Thread, Suggested Reading page, or ask in r/suggestmeabook. Rebecca the sympathetic blogger is also missing in action. New, 10 Underwhelming Shock Twists That Made Films Worse, 10 Upcoming Horror Movie Rumours You Need To Know, 10 Scariest Uses Of Make-Up In Horror Movies, 10 Actors Who SAVED Their Careers By Turning Down Movie Roles, 10 Best Benicio Del Toro Movie Performances, 9 Moments Which Pissed Off Movie Fans In 2020, 10 Things Marvel Fans Don't Want To Accept About Sony's Marvel Universe. Instead, much of the force of the penultimate scene comes from Nick and Amy chucking the c-word at one another. It felt like a deus ex machina by the end - the answer to every question was, "Amy already thought of that".

I think a lot of people would have liked nothing better than for Amy to end up in a little box for the rest of her life, exposed for the hateful, malicious person she really is.

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When he’s “saved” after she returns, you’re relieved for a second; but then you really, really want Amy to get the punishment she deserves for pulling off such a scheme. So, to reiterate: this blog contains spoilers. Gone is the girl (Hilary Handy) Amy framed for stalking. First published on Sat 4 Oct 2014 09.42 EDT. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. She will NEVER be exposed.

She’s Amazing Amy! At least with Amy, he can have all of that. Once met the Chuckle Brothers. Gone, too, the early break in Nick and Amy's relationship, which lead to Amy's festering feelings about men. After all that time, after all the games, what did we learn? Nick's misogynistic father looms larger in the book; likewise Nick's fears of turning into him. There's just NO way." Nick needs his child in his life. The whole third act is played for psychodrama rather than the neat realism of the novel (take, for instance, the much more violent nature of Desi's death). What did anyone learn? You’re never going to find the aha! New, Johnny Depp Fired From Fantastic Beasts 3, 10 Disturbing Moments You Totally Missed In Your Favourite Movies The Gone Girl backlash: what women don’t want, Gone Girl revamps gender stereotypes – for the worse, Gone Girl versus statistically probable plots, Gone Girl’s recycling of rape myths is a disgusting distortion, Gone Girl scares up $38m to top US box office and stalk past horror prequel Annabelle, Gone Girl review – two different readings of a modern marriage, The Gone Girl phenomenon: Gillian Flynn speaks out, Gone Girl revamps gender stereotypes - for the worse. Were such trims and tweaks inevitable, or did they disappoint? You know, when I’m at a reading or something, people will come up to me and are very honest about saying, “I hated the ending!” I always say, “Well, what did you want to have happen?” And it’s like, “I wanted justice!” I promise you, I just don’t think you’d find it satisfying for Amy to end up in a prison cell just sitting in a little box. That being said, I did not like primary tone shift in the second half nor the ending. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. His relationship with Andie, too, appears to be more at her instigation than his, and while their breakup in the book is ugly, in the film it's barely there. Here's for a full comment piece - involving spoilers - on Gone Girl and its portrayal of women.

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