The Girl on the Train Review
Paula Hawkins madly popular, psychological murder mystery thriller The Girl on the Train is in theaters now.
Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan (Luke Evans and Hayley Bennett), from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers' home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation, while police suspect that Rachel may have crossed a dangerous line.
Emily Blunt is just absolutely terrific as Rachel. Blunt is terrifically broken and throws every ounce of emotion and intuition into her role. She comes off as a high- functioning alcoholic, but as the film develops she reveals an accession of more disturbing truths about herself.
She becomes obsessed with her husband’s new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) a her neighbor Megan, played by Hayley Bennett. Bennett is fantastic in her role. She is a very complex character who has a habit of having extra marital affairs for the public eye on her balcony. Ferguson is great in her role and is a big part of the movie, especially when it gets closer to the end.
Fans of the book were treated the amazingly accurate descriptions of Rachel’s daily, boozed filled train ride. The film shifts things to upstate New York, giving it that sexed- up gloss and equates itself to the suburban infidelities of David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
One of Hawkins’ really strong tools, which Erin Cressida Wilson captures really well in the script, is the self-doubt that alcoholism can cause. That gut-wrenching feeling that you’ve done something so unspeakable, even though you aren’t certain. Its that uncertainty that gives Blunt so much to work with, which she does convincingly well.
What was also interesting about this film was the switching between the three women (Blunt, Bennett and Ferguson) as we get to experience the story from all their perspectives and she how they intertwine with each other.
This film proves that sometimes the movie can be better than the book. And remember: what you see can hurt you.