Movie Mondays: The Girl On The Train



“Being the other woman is a huge turn-on, there’s no point denying it: you’re the one he can’t help but betray his wife for, even though he loves her. That’s just how irresistible you are.”

Following on from Sunday Book Club:, we begin Movie Monday looking at the film version of ‘The Girl on The Train’. If you’ve never heard of The Girl on The Train (book, that is), take a look at the link for a review.

The film version was released 2016, and I watched it shortly after it was released here in the UK. It stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson and Haley Bennett as Rachel, Anna and Megan respectively.There were, also, a number of other somewhat well known stars playing supporting roles, or even just short appearances. Including Luke Evans (playing Megan’s husband), Allison Janey ( as a detective), Laura Prepon (Rachel’s roommate) and Lisa Kudrow (Tom’s former boss’ wife).

I will admit that I was slightly disappointed with Emily Blunt being cast as Rachel, don’t get me wrong I think Emily Blunt is a great actress and I loved her roles in ‘The devil wears Prada’ and ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ – maybe not so much when she starred in ‘The Wolfman’ but I didn’t like that film in general. I was disappointed with the casting of Rachel, as I had imagined her differently in my head but that is personal preference. I felt when playing Rachel that her performance fell flat. However, in hindsight, I am unsure whether it was the way in which the film was edited and presented that gave the vibe that the film just fell short. 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. This may be in part due to the fact I had read the book and were expecting the twists that were to come, but the characters themselves felt very one-dimensional. I found myself getting bored through the movie and waiting, impatiently, for the good bits to hurry up and happen.

Nonetheless, as a fan of the book, I did enjoy the movie. I would not say it was awful and unwatchable but it was slow and the plot is given away much faster in the movie, than in the book.Those that are unfamiliar with the book may watch the film and thoroughly enjoy it but those that have read the novel may find it falls short of the thrill the book gave us.
I am aware that The Girl on The Train faces many comparisons with ‘Gone Girl’ which is sitting in my to read book pile and waiting to be watched in my ‘films to watch’ list. Unfortunately, as of yet, I cannot draw any comparisons between the two.

Overall I couldn’t quite place what it was but something about this film was just lacking. It may be that it wasn’t my cup of tea. Oh how British of me…

Review: 3/5

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!

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