Synopsis: A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
Let me start off this review by saying that I have never read the book Girl On the Train so this will be a review completely based on the movie alone with no other knowledge. Girl On the Train is a drama mystery directed by Tate Taylor based on the bestselling book of the same name. Just based on the trailer and the premise of the book I thought it seemed very similar to Gone Girl, with a drama mystery story centered on infidelity. I’ve been looking forward to this movie mostly because I’m a huge Emily Blunt fan and was excited to see her in this type of role. So let’s take a look and see if this movie does stand out from past similar movies.
The first thing I’ll say about this movie is it’s crazy and I don’t just mean the characters in it but the movie itself was just a lot of twists and turns along with a lot of unexpected things happening. This made for a very engaging movie right from the start I was into this movie and wanted to see where it was going. I honestly had suspected every character you possibly could in this movie. I don’t know if that’s a testament to the film making or how gullible I am, nonetheless I was left guessing pretty much until the end. In this way it was very similar to how I felt watching Gone Girl but where it differs is how the two movies are put together. David Fincher had a very symmetrical way he put together Gone Girl that made it easy to follow, however Girl on the Train uses a lot of flashbacks to keep the audience informed. The problem is there were so many flashbacks with so many characters it was hard to keep straight what happened to who and when. The ending was bit on the melodramatic side and a little frustrating with how unbelievable some characters acted.
The acting was great in this movie, everyone gave great performances but this movie was definitely lifted by Emily Blunt, she was incredible in this movie. It was honestly hard to watch sometimes just how troubled and crazy her character was at points. You would feel sorry for Rachael at certain points and then cringe at how embarrassing and destructive she is. I liked just how much of a range she covers from total drunk to her slowly trying to get better as well as working to solve the mystery. It was great seeing her change as the movie progressed, she totally sells the struggling drunk alcoholic. The others gave great performances as well, but Justin Theroux also stood out to me just because I haven’t really seen him in anything else aside from his guest stint on Parks and Recreation but seeing him in a dramatic role he was pretty impressive.
One thing that this movie made me kind of realize without it really trying to was just how we as people see other people and make up these imagined perfect lives they have while looking down on our own lives. In reality everyone’s lives are just as flawed and troubled but we have a tendency to idealize others greatness and exaggerate our negatives. It’s perfectly illustrated in the beginning of the movie how Racheal makes up this perfect life for Megan and Sam watching them from afar on the train but once she gets to know them and dig deeper she comes to understand that nothing about them was perfect except for how good looking they were.
Girl On the Train was an engaging mystery drama movie but a lot of the time it felt a little too much like a Lifetime movie of the week instead of an actual theatrical production. I loved the acting and Emily Blunt alone elevated it with her outstanding performance. This movie is a little hard to follow with the constant flashback and character perspective jumping. The ending wasn’t as satisfying or believable for me but still I enjoyed watching this movie while not quite Gone Girl it was still an entertaining film. So what did you guys think of the movie? Did you figure out the mystery before the reveal? Because I sure didn’t, let me know in the comments!
Should You See It: If You’re Bored
Theater Worthy: No
Final Grade: C-