The Girl on the Train

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Based on an extremely successful novel, The Girl on the Train is the new film directed by Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up), and starring Emily Blunt.

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is in a downward spiral in her life.  She is an alcoholic, basically stalking her former husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson).  She takes a train past their house every day.

She has also built up a fantasy in her head about former neighbor Megan (Haley Bennett) and her boyfriend Scott (Luke Evans) as a perfect couple.  She would create the images in her drunken head as she traveled past their house on the train.

Unfortunately, those fantasies are just that.

Megan ends up dead, and Rachel becomes the number one suspect, as she had come out of a booze-enduced blackout with blood all over herself.

The movie was one that I was excited for since seeing the trailers, but the film was not nearly as good as I had hoped.  There are some pacing issues on the film, as it does have some dull moments.  The story itself is okay.  Some of the “twists” that happen in the film are pretty obvious, but they play them like it is the first time we have ever seen it.  Honestly, many of the plot points were obvious.

However, I must say that I thought Emily Blunt was just tremendous.  She was amazing with her performance.  Yes, the character of Rachel was fairly unlikable, but I found her to be very appealing.  Blunt brought humanity to this trainwreck of a stalker character who was drinking herself into oblivion.  Only an actor of Blunt’s quality could take the character of Rachel and make her enjoyable.

There were some silly things that happened in the film as well, mostly dealing with Megan.  Megan, the eventual victim, revealed much of her weird back story during the film in a series of flashbacks that jumped around in time.  I did not hate the flashbacks, but I can understand someone having trouble following the story because there were many times when the film would come back from a flashback and move into something from the current time without a proper transition.  Even I, who was following along reasonable well, had to think my way through a few of the time changes.

Many people have compared this to Gone Girl, but it falls way short of that mark.  I did not hate this movie, in particular because of the compelling performance of Emily Blunt.  This performance deserved a better film around it.

3 stars

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