Girl On The Train – ★ ★ ★ ½ DVD Review

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Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) did not take her divorce very well.  She turned to alcohol during her marriage when it was determined that she and her husband Tom (Justin Theroux) could not have children.  Her alcoholism got the best of her on many occasions with her husband left having to explain her behaviour to everyone, including Rachel who would often wake up the next morning unable to remember what had happened the night before.  Rachel’s drinking led to her husband having an affair and leaving her for Anna (Rebecca Ferguson), who reside happily in the house she lived in with Tom.  A house she passes every day as she rides the train to New York to a job she lost months ago.  She pretends to go to work so that her roommate (Laura Prepon), effectively the only friend she has left, won’t find out she was fired.  As she rides the train, to distract herself from Tom and Anna she watches the beautiful couple who live a few houses down the road, Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans) Hipwell.  Fantasizing about how perfect their lives are and building up a story for them each day she is stunned when one day she sees the woman on her deck with a man who is not her husband.  The next day she wakes up with another hangover, but also bloody and bruised and with no memory of the night before, but she knows something horrible has happened.  The news reports that Megan Hipwell has gone missing, and Rachel is sure she was in the area when it happened.  Did she have something to do with the case?  Inserting herself into the lives of complete strangers, she passes herself off as an old friend of Megan’s to her husband to try and find out what happened to Megan, and to herself that night.  If only she could remember what she saw…

The Girl On The Train was an excellent read.  I read the book in anticipation of seeing the movie, both because I heard it was a good story, and because I really enjoy Emily Blunt’s work.  I borrowed the book from someone at work before Christmas and read about a third of it before becoming too busy with life, the universe, and everything else.  Just before the film came to DVD I finished the remainder of the book in two days, two days later I watched the film.  I will say that watching the movie so soon after reading the book did effectively kill any suspense they were building because it was so fresh in my mind, but that’s my fault, not the filmmaker’s.  The book uses a lot of inner monologue and that isn’t easy to translate to the screen, but the performances were strong which helped fill in those gaps.    As I said, I’m a fan of Emily Blunt, and she was fantastic in this one, playing the alcoholic Rachel perfectly.  The rest of the cast was very good as well, and I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.  I’d say the movie was a bit more of a thriller-suspense tale and that the book was a bit more of a mystery-suspense tale, and offered a bit more into the characters, as it’s told from the perspectives of each of the three main women.

Bottom Line:  If you’re looking for a good, and original mystery type story, I’d recommend both the movie and the book, just don’t do them as close together as I did.  This was one instance I think where I’d have enjoyed the movie more if I watched it before reading the book.  I might have rated it higher if I had waited some time, but the score also suffered a little due to how difficult the book was to translate to film.


Posted on 17-02-20, in 3.5 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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