Following on from Sunday Book Club:, I am looking at the film counterpart of The Girl on The Train for today’s Movie Monday.
The film released in 2016, stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett as Rachel, Anna and Megan respectively. There were number of other well known stars in supporting roles including Luke Evans, Laura Prepon and Lisa Kudrow.
Admittedly I am a fan of Emily Blunt in more light-hearted comedy roles like The Devil Wears Prada and Gnomeo and Juliet but less so when she stars in more serious roles like The Wolfman. Perhaps it is just The Wolfman film that I don’t like, which is pretty likely but who knows.
It is unclear if the main character’s performance fell flat or if the editing allowed for the story to drag. Either way this movie adaptation doesn’t have the same edge that the book did. The film followed, for the most part, the same format of its novel counterpart. Yet, it felt….I don’t know which word I am searching for here. The film felt slow and hollow.
Perhaps, as a reader, I was already waiting for the plot twists to happen. Perhaps the characters themselves were very one-dimensional. What I do know is that I found myself getting bored throughout The Girl On The Train and waiting, impatiently, for the good bits to hurry up and happen.
Nonetheless, as a fan of the book, I love seeing a movie adaptation. Anyone who is unfamiliar with the book could watch The Girl On The Train and absolutely enjoy it. I don’t think it is a film that many would re-watch and those that have read the novel may find it falls short of the thrill the book provided.
There are a few comparisons between The Girl On The Train and Gone Girl which I am, as of now, unable to comment on as Gone Girl remains in my ever growing ‘To Be Read’ and ‘Films To Watch’ piles.
One word review: Slow
Feel free to recommend movies, or books for me to add to my every growing list! And I’ll see you on Wednesday to give a better review on the skincare from my Love Me Beauty box. Please do go have a look, if you haven’t yet!