The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.
Actors: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux
Director: Tate Taylor
Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay), Paula Hawkins (novel)
Release Date: October 7, 2016
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Girl on the Train is one of the few instances were the movie is better than the book. I did not like the book at all so why see the movie you ask? I’m a fan of Emily Blunt, she is so cute and I always feel she puts her all into every role she plays. Rachel was no exception. She played the frumpy, alcoholic better than I had pictured and, unlike the book, actually cared what happened to her.
The negative for me was Haley Bennet. It was not her acting that bothered me, but the fact that she was nude throughout most of the movie. Was it really necessary for her to run naked from the bath to the yard? What did it add to the story, in a scene that would have been fine if she was fully clothed? Nothing. However, despite her lack of underwear, she did embody the character and was as I imagined Megan as well.
The conclusion was better conceived than Paula Hawkin’s original. The book felt rushed, where as the movie gave the viewer more time to digest the reveal of who killed Megan and, while it could have been less bloody it was more satisfactory.
Overall, I thought The Girl on the Train was a good adaptation. It might not be the best film ever made but it will hold your attention until the end.