David Fincher’s adaptation of “Gone Girl” hit theaters last fall with attendant controversy. Some of it was rehashed from the original release of Gillian Flynn’s book (is the story misogynist or feminist?), and some of it had to do with Fincher’s take (was that Ben Affleck’s real peen?) As frenzied as many tweets and think pieces were, none compared to the hysteria surrounding an earlier adaptation Fincher had directed of another popular novel.
Released in 1999, Fincher’s “Fight Club” is based on Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 book of the same name. Parents and conservatives were up in arms about the film, fearing it would it would inspire mindless violence. Yet those fears would be somewhat justified when some idiots took the wrong lessons from the film —which many idiots have done with many films— and started their own fight clubs.
A new episode of CineFix’s “What’s the Difference?” series attempts to ignore the controversy completely and focuses on where Fincher’s film and Palahniuk’s novel meet and where they diverge. The installment covers the very beginning of the story, where the circumstances of the narrator’s first meeting with Tyler Durden differs between the book and film, as well as two different endings suggesting two ultimate fates for the narrator, one more optimistic (with some spliced in male genitalia to boot), and the other more sobering and dark. Whether you’re a fan of both the book and movie or a fan of Fincher’s adaptation, the 12 minute long video is well worth a watch.
Watch the “Fight Club” edition of CineFix’s “What’s the Difference?” below.