Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gone Girl: Book vs. Movie Adaptation

I first read Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, back in October 2012, and I remember being shocked by all the twists and turns in the novel. I didn't review the movie, because I saw it after it came out in theaters {generally I see movies at pre-screenings}, but it was very good, and seemed to follow the movie's story very closely.

You can see a more complete list of book-to-movie changes here, but here's some that I did notice:

(heads up .... a few SPOILERS are ahead, so skip those if you haven't seen the movie OR read the book yet)

  • The book is written in first-person point-of-view (POV) - first from Nick's POV, then from Amy's
  • A few of the minor characters in the book were cut out of the movie
  • The way that Amy (SPOILER!!!) sets up the murder scene to frame Nick
  • We learn a bit more about Amy's crazy past (aka, that she is CRAZYPANTS and has been for a while) in the book than in the movie
  • The way that (SPOILER!!!) Amy kills Desi

Plot-wise, however, the movie tends to stick to the book very closely, aside from some minor details. Rosamund Pike has been nominated for an Oscar for her role as Amy, the woman in the seemingly-perfect marriage to Nick, and overall the film has had much acclaim; it currently boasts an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is fairly high compared to similar films.

Have you seen Gone Girl, and/or read the book? What did you think of them?

And if you haven't yet ... 
{click here to purchase the Blu-ray}
{click here to purchase the book}


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