Having finished Gone Girl and seeing the film tonight, I feel satisfied already. It's a wonderfully-structured book, unique in form, if not a happy ending, definitely a fulfilling one. The one weakness would be the dialogue: at times it moves the story along with characters asking questions we're thinking of instead of sounding like people. Flynn adapted her own work, but Fincher, by all accounts, is a force. Seeing it tonight, we brace for his return to Zodiac and Fight Club territory, and for multidimensional characters that if not good, at least are recognizable. More than that, parts of them are recognizable, and then we think about how it doesn't take much to make these people inspired enough that we follow them, be with them, for over two hours.