Cert: 15 Runtime: 112 mins Director: Tate Taylor Cast: Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson and Luke Evans
What you can see can hurt you
We all know when you write a summers best seller you are bound to get a movie deal straight after. Most recently Gone Girl (which I loved). The Girl on the Train is a book I avoided but had heard very good things about. The development of the book to a film was fast with the casting of Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux sealed the deal for me. I wasn’t necessarily sold with Tate Taylor directing, The Help is a great film but he didn’t come across a thriller director for me. So what is The Girl on the Train about? Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) is a divorcee reeling from the recent split with her husband. Travelling on the train every morning during her commute, she finds herself consumed with a seemingly perfect couple whom she passes on a daily basis. However, when she unwittingly becomes witness to something truly shocking as part of her journey, Rachel is drawn into a mystery that will see her life spiral even further out of control.
First things first this is no Gone Girl! The Girl on the Train was not what I expected it to be. We had so much dialogue and no action or suspense. You basically sit there and watch other people sit for almost two hours. Some scenes I didn’t even look at the screen I just looked at empty seats in the front of the cinema and listened to the dialogue. The actual footage was so unnecessary sometimes you could have had a dark screen and we still would have understood what was going on. The characters came across as flat and two dimensional, you sometimes had a scrap of life from them. Literally I felt they just read the script and didn’t really try to bring the characters to life. Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux were above par, not a season best performance from either. Luke Evans really was a second rate character, unlike him in High-Rise he is forgettable. Haley Bennett gave a good performance, Megan seemed to be the deepest character out of the bunch.
The plot did grab my attention a few times, but Tate Taylor didn’t really continue the momentum of the film. The middle part of the film is particularly slow-paced. In the beginning, it’s still intriguing to see the helpless alcoholic divorcée having a breakdown or the fragile nanny having a meltdown when confronted with her emotions but when these things are happening for the third or fourth time, these scenes lose their initial efficiency.A great mystery thriller usually keeps me pondering, wondering, and enthralled throughout. This ‘Girl on the Train’ however, sucks all your energy out and leaves you feeling empty. I felt exhausted sitting through this film. Apart from a couple of shockingly brutal scenes, there is really nothing in this film that would get your heart pumping. It even only took me 15 minutes to figure out the killer. Opinions on the film are interesting too, it’s a love or hate kind of movie.