I finally watched the film adaptation of The Girl On The Train…And wow, I really feel the weight of this review.
I read the book of the same name by author, Paula Hawkins and reviewed it for Booknista (Read It Here). One of the first things I said about it is that it was not like Gone Girl at all. I loved Gone Girl and of course everyone was talking about Hawkins’ book last year so I had to read it. I was more than a little disappointed but I do remember thinking to myself, this will translate well on screen. It’s true. I thought The Girl On The Train would make a better movie than book. Well…
The Girl On The Train (2016)
An alcoholic divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shock waves throughout her life.
Director: Tate Taylor
Rating/Runtime: R- 1hr 52
First things first. Emily Blunt is fantastic in this film. She IS this film. And that is the only good news I have to share with you. There are some okay parts but that’s about it and let me tell you, there is no one more disappointed than me.
I suppose it is a fairly faithful adaptation, so it has that going for it but it is as hum drum as the book. One thing that bothered me, probably more than it should have, was why it was filmed in New York. The book is English, the story takes place in England and the starring actress is English! Why couldn’t it have taken place in England? Well I know why but I found it rather irksome.
I was so looking forward to this thriller. I thought for sure it would have been a great movie but I was wrong. Just like the book, it is a slow movie about a bunch of really sad people. The only thing you will walk away from this movie with, is the reaffirmation that people should really mind their own bloody business! Oh and that Emily Blunt is wonderful.
Save you cash my friends and wait for it to hit Netflix!