The Girl On The Train Review: A Thrilling Film That Makes You Think Logically If You Didn’t Read The Book
Actress Emily Blunt over the past few years have done up and down film. The film “Sicario” providing a thrilling feel with occasional action scenes, which also had a great cast. Then came “The Huntsman Winter’s War,” an underachieving and cheesy film that makes you cringe when you know how awful the storyline is, especially with a screaming, freezing character played by Blunt.
Now Blunt playing an interesting lady in “The Girl On The Train” may be one of her best performances as it shows a “Gone Girl” type of vibe that makes you think logically if you didn’t read the book.
For the plot of this film, it’s pretty much self-explanatory based on the title. A drunk/depressing women name Rachel Watson (Blunt), who rides the train everyday, sees a perfect couple Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Haley Bennett). One day she witnesses something shocking unfold at the back of their house, woke up with no memories after a bad night, and wanting to know how Megan is missing.
This pretty much falls into a little detective work, but being viewed differently by the public due to past mistakes. Watson was divorced by her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux), who married Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and started a family. All Watson ever wanted was a child, but couldn’t at all. When you watch what she goes through, it’s astounding how much crap Watson takes.
Throughout the whole film, it just becomes a piece by piece scenario in which they all aligned by the end, and it’s shocking if you didn’t read the book. The cast did perform their absolute best. I mean most would how thrilling this film can be combined with some sexual scenes.
For Blunt at 33 years old, this may jump start her career to another level. Director Tate Taylor attack important parts of the book to make it a compelling film. But it did show sobbing moments from Blunt, who looked miserable all the time. Cinematography wise, it has good and bad shots, pertaining to the story as the film goes on. While it may be delayed at certain moments, it makes up with tempting scenes for viewers to feel connected with the film.
Overall, if you read the book, watch it. If you didn’t but like Blunt, still watch it. The film leading up to the climax moment shows why and how viewers missed it. But for those that may have been in those situations, they already know what will happen. Still a very exciting film to open up the fall 2016 season.
7.5 out of 10