22 January 2018

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train 2016
  • Director: Tate Taylor
  • Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramírez, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Emily Blunt – The Huntsman Winter’s War, Into the Woods, Edge of Tomorrow, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Young Victoria, Sunshine Cleaning, Daniel in Real Life, The Jane Austen Book Club, Gideon’s Daughter, My Summer of Love
    • Haley Bennett – The Hole, Music and Lyrics
    • Justin Theroux – Six Feet Under, American Psycho, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, I Shot Andy Warhol
    • Luke Evans – The Hobbit
    • Allison Janney – The Help, Life During Wartime, Juno, The Hours, Nurse Betty, American Beauty, 10 Things I Hate about You, The Ice Storm
    • Lisa Kudrow – Bandslam, Friends, The Opposite of Sex, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
  • Why? Emily Blunt
  • Seen: 19 January 2018      

       The book was highly over-hyped. No one in our book circle who read it, including me, liked it much. So why buy the DVD and watch it? Emily Blunt, that’s why. I’m expecting her to lift this mediocre book up to an OK movie.
       Rachel (Blunt) commutes by train. Twice a day she passes a house in which lives what seems like the perfect couple. She imagines the details of their perfect life. Rachel used to live two houses down. Now she is alone. Megan is the wife. She has a secret life and wants to run away. Anna lives in Rachel’s old house, married to Tom, Rachel’s ex. They have a baby. Rachel had longed for a baby but never got pregnant. Megan is nanny for Anna’s baby but hates the job and quits. Rachel stalks Tom and Anna. She is an alcoholic with blackouts.
       When Rachel sees Megan kissing a man who is not her husband, destroying Rachel’s fantasy of the perfect marriage, she loses control. She wakes up one morning covered in blood with no memory of what has happened.
       Blunt is indeed very good as an alcoholic who has lost everything and gone over the edge.
       It’s a convoluted unlikely story with too many clichés and a ridiculous title – she’s not a girl for heaven’s sake, she’s an adult woman – but Blunt does lift it to an exciting and gripping film. It’s quite a lot better than the book.

3 * of 5 (Hal gave it 4; Blunt herself is worth a 5)

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