From Page to Screen: Gone Girl (2014)

From Page to Screen: Gone Girl (2014)

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl made the rounds in my office very quickly. We shared the book and took turns texting each other crazy messages as we got to the most dramatic parts. True to form, we all saw the movie together. It certainly didn’t disappoint.

What I Loved

Casting. Rosamund Pike was a perfect Amy. Ben Affleck was OK. Eion Bailey is my perfect Nick but what can you do about that? Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry stole the show though. Their portrayals of Desi and Tanner were spot on. Overall, I thought Desi was less creepy in the movie but Neil Patrick Harris makes up for that.  There was some subtle humor in the book that Tyler Perry portrays beautifully.

The adaptation. Flynn did an excellent job adapting her book for the screen. It was a faithful adaptation that will make the book fans pretty happy.

The single most gory scene I’ve ever seen in my life. IT WAS SO AWESOME THAT I DON’T EVEN CARE THAT IT HAPPENED DIFFERENTLY THAN THE BOOK. The music. The acting. The gore. It was truly powerful and you really get a sense for how psycho Amy really is.

What I Didn’t Love

Nick comes off looking like the good guy. There is so much focus psycho Amazing Amy that there wasn’t any room to explore just how messed up Nick is too. The book really highlights the fact that both of them are damaged goods. I missed that in the film.

The end. While the end really isn’t any different it lacked the poignancy that the end of the book has. Nick tells Amy that he feels sorry that she has to wake up as herself every day. The movie needed this, badly. Without it, the audience is left with a lot of unresolved feelings that don’t make sense unless you’ve read the book. The book really lets you know that their relationship is all about revenge. I left the film feeling sorry for Nick and not feeling like they’ve both gotten what they deserved. See my review of the book for more on this.

Book v. Movie

Book wins. Though the movie is a really good adaptation, I find myself thinking more about the book when I think about how awesome the story is. Though, the death scene in the film trumps the book.

© 2014, Jessica Workman Holland. All rights reserved.

  • Crystal Colleir

    I was just reading about Gone Girl on someone else’s blog. I’m not sure it’s one I’d appreciate, but it seems people either love or hate it.

    • You’re right, the book is quite polarizing. I do think the movie can appeal to fans of psychological thrillers even if they haven’t read the book. Of course, if those genres aren’t your cup of tea, then Gone Girl probably isn’t the best book to read or movie to see.

  • I skimmed, because we are going to see it. I loved the book, and wondered if Nick would end up looking like the victim.

    • Let me know what you think of the movie. It’s really good.

  • I think Hollywood believes that mainstream movies, in order to appeal to the masses, need to have a clear cut good guy/bad guy situation and a fulfilling resolution. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it doesn’t surprise me that Nick would be painted as the victim because for much of the book, I felt that he was. *curses Flynn for playing with my emotions*

    • I agree with you, Terri. I think it’s especially important with this movie because the book had blurred lines on what makes a “good” or “bad” character.

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