Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez and Allison Janney star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods). In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
What We Thought:
The Girl on the Train was a big let down. I didn’t read the book so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I heard comparisons to Gone Girl and I can say those comparisons are drastically off.
Even though I didn’t know what it was really about beforehand, I saw it because I really like the cast. Emily Blunt is one of my favorite leading ladies and Haley Bennett is having a breakthrough year to me. I liked her in both Hardcore Henry and The Magnificent Seven. Plus the rest of the cast consists of Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Edgar Ramirez, Luke Evans, Allison Janney and Laura Prepon. Solid cast.
Unfortunately the cast isn’t given much to work with. I guess the twist of who the killer is should be surprising, but it’s not. If you can’t figure out who it is, give up on life. It’s clear as day and is a total cop out as well. I won’t spoil anything and say who it is, but who it is is lame. There’s a much better story/movie in there if they did it right and didn’t go with the generic story arch. Be creative, come up with a new twist.
That’s my biggest complaint with the film, there’s nothing creative or original about it. Blunt plays a wife who couldn’t get pregnant so her marriage falls apart. She becomes an alcoholic and starts stalking her ex-husband’s new family. She’s fascinated with a new couple in a house she sees on the train. All of that could work along with the murder if the killer wasn’t who it is. You lay out this ground work just to go with an old standby. Snore.
I talked to my sister who recently finished the book and she agrees with me on the generic ending. How this book became so popular and then became a movie is beyond me. The Lifetime Channel pumps out this story multiple times a week. Even with a strong cast, the story never gets beyond a made for TV thriller.
Gone Girl has a huge twist that shocked audiences. The Girl on the Train can’t say that. Gone Girl had a thrilling story, a fantastic musical score and tight direction. This can’t say any of that either. In the end it’s just your standard drama with an easy to figure out “twist”.
Cast & Crew:
- Emily Blunt
- Haley Bennett
- Rebecca Ferguson
- Luke Evans
- Justin Theroux
- Edgar Ramirez
Recommended If You Like:
- The book it’s based on