Review for “Girl on the Train”

Review for “Girl on the Train”

Cast: Emily Blunt as Rachel, Haley Bennett as Megan, Rebecca Ferguson as Anna, Justin Theroux as Tom, Luke Evans as Scott Edgar Ramirez as Dr. Abdic, Lisa Kudrow as Monica

Synopsis: An alcoholic’s life is thrown into further tailspin after the female half of her ‘perfect’ couple suddenly disappears.

This movie and its book version are so often compared to “Gone Girl”.  Both versions of that as well.  I guess they certainly have their similarities.  Both feature unlikable, yet interesting female lead characters.  Both are mysteries.  Both used flash-forwards and flashbacks.  Both proved to be very complex and fascinating books. (I’ve never really read the book version of “Gone Girl”.)  The title character here is Rachel, whose life has fallen apart due to her divorce and alcohol addiction.  Her only solace is riding the train to Manhattan and back.  Which version is better–the book or the movie?

I think all of the actors did a wonderful job in their roles. But Emily Blunt’s performance was the best one. She completely disappeared in her role as Rachel. Her portrayal as an alcoholic was one of the most realistic ones I’ve seen in years. She came across as a very sympathetic person who is a lot stronger than she realizes. Haley Bennett was also very good as Megan. Her character wasn’t so likable–but most of these people aren’t–but she was magnetic and intriguing. She had great chemistry with Edgar Ramirez, who played her therapist.  Rebecca Ferguson was believable as Anna, Tom’s second wife.  Her role wasn’t as dimensional as Rachel or Megan.  She could have been fleshed out a bit more.  Luke Evans and Justin Theroux were good as the husbands of Megan and Anna.  Ex-husband of Rachel.

Tate Taylor directed the film version of “The Girl on the Train”.  I think he did really well with the movie.  You got to know the characters well…or at least you felt like you did.  Rachel’s alcoholism was done in a fairly realistic way, film-wise.  The characters were in your face…literally.  Erin Cressida Wilson wrote a decent screenplay.   But it did get kinda predictable towards the end.  I liked the fact it remained true to the novel, so maybe that’s why.  And I wished some of the characters were a little more dimensional.

Despite a few small complaints, “The Girl on the Train” turned out to be an entertaining movie.  It was well-acted and solid. I just wished it were a little harder to figure out. I do recommend the movie.  I give it a 6.5 out of 10.