I loved the hope of the novella ending ... which is a King staple and one of the things I love most of his work. (Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, right?) But still, that was an awesome movie ending. I don't consider it better than the written ending, just different, a peek at one possibility of what might have happened down the road. It's not much different than what Darabont did with The Shawshank Redemption, carrying the story beyond what was actually written. The biggest change was that Shawshank ended more optimistically. It could as easily have ended with Red behind bars again, which would not have been bad, necessarily, but would certainly have put a different spin on the end. All in all, I think The Mist was extremely well done as a movie, stayed true to its written predecessor, and offered just enough twist to be really provocative. I still give it two thumbs up.