Emily Blunt stars as Rachel in this thriller directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) that tells the story of a young woman who becomes involved with a missing persons investigation. As a divorcee and an alcoholic, she becomes obsessed with watching people from the train she takes everyday, and observes their lives from afar, until one day she witnesses something that’ll change everything.
This new release follows the same style of Gone Girl, released in 2015 and also based on a book. To be honest, I was expecting The Girl On The Train to be at least as amazing and exciting as that movie was, but despite getting very close to it, this one doesn’t quite reach the same level, being a little too slow and uninteresting at times. The guy sitting next to me literally slept for a good half an hour at least… So, because of that, Gone Girl still is, and will continue to be, my favorite adaptation – and this is coming from a Potterhead, remember that. If you haven’t watched that one yet, or if you’re considering reading the book, I sincerely encourage you to do so as soon as you can, it’s worth it.
Back to our original discussion: Emily Blunt does an amazing job in every single shot, and she’s not the only one. Both Justin Theroux (Tom), Rebecca Ferguson (Anna), Haley Bennett (Megan), Edgar Ramírez (Doctor) and Allison Janney (Detective) also delivered great performances throughout the entire picture, which actually blew my mind. The great performances should have made for a better movie… It’s really a shame that this one didn’t surpass it’s predecessor.
Part of what’s to blame for these uninteresting moments in the movie are due to what actually makes the movie that more intriguing, which is Rachel’s memory loss. There are so many repetitive shots, blurry visions, sounds we can’t quite make out… After a while it just starts feeling boring, like the story isn’t going anywhere. One can argue with that by saying that this was actually what Tate wanted, so the audience would feel like Rachel did going through all that, but honestly, no director ever plans on making a movie uninteresting. If he did do that in purpose, it absolutely didn’t go as well as planned.
In the end, I left the theater with the sole conclusion that the book must be very interesting to read, but this isn’t a movie I’d watch twice. I’m still recommending it to you though, because despite the little boring bits towards the end, the story is still very interesting and the performances of the actors are definitely worth it. Also, the last bit is really good. I’m giving it a 70. Now go watch it!