Getting back into the habit of trying to watch at least one movie a week is kind of a hard thing, especially when there seems like there’s nothing out there to watch. Finally though some movies are releasing that I did have some interest in seeing so it seems like my Saturday night gaming will turn back into my Saturday night movie watching. This week’s movie? The Girl on the Train.
Before the review… So before watching the movie I tried really hard to read the book that this movie was based on. One thing I love is movies based on books especially books that I’ve read. The funny thing is that I’m actually a few chapters into this book because I started reading it way back in October when there was that freak hurricane. I read as much as I could and then the power came back on and video games worked again so…yeah.
The Girl on the Train is about the intertwining lives of three women. Rachel, played by Emily Blunt, is well the girl on the train. A hopeless drunk she rides the train back and forth in and out of the city every day just to look a block of houses where she used to live with her ex-husband who just happens to still live there with his new wife. That’s not the only person she’s spying on though, she’s also spying on this couple who she’s never met. She makes up a nice little story about them and how they live this happy life that she never had the chance to live. One day she see’s something that compromises the perfect little scenario she had for this mystery couple and flies off into a drunken rage. Megan, played by Haley Bennett, isn’t living the nice little story that Rachel has made up in her head. She had her own demons, as well as an emotionally abusive husband, and a man on the side. Megan’s going to find herself in a world of trouble and will eventually end up “missing” after Rachel spies on her with another man. Then there’s Anna, played by Rebecca Ferguson, who is the new wife to Rachel’s ex-husband. Thing is they were cheating behind Rachel’s back and now Anna thinks that Rachel has it in for her and has something to do with the disappearance of Megan. It’s a tangled mess of fact vs. fiction that ends in a complete shocker.
I really enjoyed this movie. I feel like I haven’t said that in a while but this movie really just did it for me. It was suspenseful and had you guessing until the very end. I had my own suspicions on who was behind the disappearance of Megan, but ended up being wrong and was pleasantly surprised at who it was. I know a lot of people have compared this movie to Gone Girl, but I kind of see both of them in the same category but also different. Though both of the movies were good, I thought that this one had you guessing just a little bit more and the overall twist of lies and deceit ran a little deeper. I will say that the movie was a little on the long side and ran a little bit slow, but it didn’t drag or make you constantly look at the clock, you know what I’m talking about, trying to determine when the movie started and when it should be over.
The overall acting in this movie is really what made it. Yes it had an overall great plot that revolved around a lot of deceit and perception, but the cast is what really made it. Everyone was extremely believable in the parts that they played and this made all the difference. Even the supporting cast of Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, and Justin Theroux did an amazing job to bring this story to life. I thought that the cast was picked out perfectly for this movie and the right choices were made for the characters. This rarely seems to happen lately, but this movie is a welcomed exception.
Overall I give this movie a 5 out of 5.
This was a great movie and defiantly worth the watch. I would say that if you looking for something that’s going to keep you guessing until the very end and even have you believing what’s not real only to be shocked when you find out what really happened then this is the movie for you. Yes, it’s similar to Gone Girl, but it’s not an exact copy of the movie and if you enjoyed that one you’ll enjoy this one as well. Even if you didn’t enjoy Gone Girl, I would say to give this movie a chance because you won’t regret it.