(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)
The Girl on the Train is interesting at the very least, but the structure is very disorganized, and the ending just didn’t do it for me!!!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Emily Blunt has been a great actress as of late. I first started to notice her in films like The Adjustment Bureau and Looper, but I really started to like her in films like Edge of Tomorrow and Sicario. Not only does she have the acting chops, but she can fight in her movies. She is very talented, and can do all kinds of things in the acting world. I do believe that she will win an Oscar for Best Actress in the near future, because she does have what it takes to win it. Until then, if she’s in a film, I will most likely watch it. That’s what happened in The Girl on the Train, it looked like it could be a good dark mystery thriller, but Emily Blunt really made want to watch it. At least she didn’t disappoint in this film.
What I Like: The story of this mystery dealt with different psychological themes. Like the feeling of loneliness, regret, unsatisfied, fear, depression, pretty much all the emotions that can make you live a dark life. Put this all together, and you get themes of addiction as well. For Rachel Watson, played by Emily Blunt, she had to deal with alcoholism after going through a divorce and being jealous of her ex husband’s new life with his wife. The other type of addiction is with Megan Hipwell, played by Haley Bennett who deals with a big sex addiction and had many affairs. With her character, it tells a dark story of how she accidentally drowned her baby which leads to that kind of addiction. The real story is for Rachel which Blunt acted tremendously in. How she is always dealing with blackouts because of alcoholism and doesn’t remember why things happen the way it happened. It seemed that she had many questions but no answers, and really tries hard to get answers even if she gets in trouble. The main part of the story is about Megan disappearing and eventually murdered, and Rachel is lead to believe that she might of killed her, but doesn’t remember because of her blackouts. The story is interesting and it did keep me engaged to see what will happen next, and who murdered who.
The So So: The film was disorganized structurally. It kept going back in time, and back to the present which got me confused for a sec, but not to a point where I couldn’t get back into it. They did for character development which did work well, but it got too much in the middle of the movie where it got annoying. What I did like is how the director, Tate Taylor, gave us a visual look of a mind experiencing black outs. Showing bits and pieces of her memory and some memories where she can be completely wrong. I just wished it was transitioned better to get a better flow and less confusing to watch.
What I Didn’t Like: Usually with mystery thrillers you get a surprise type of ending, but this film really underwhelmed in that ending. I kind of predicted that it wasn’t Rachel even though the beginning and middle made it out to be, but usually it was the nicest person in the film which was her ex husband, Tom Watson played by Justin Theroux. I kind of saw it from a way, but the way the payoff went really didn’t make any sense. It got to a point where I didn’t really care what happened, and that’s it. The movie completely failed in that regard.
Overall: The movie is interesting and engaging with some great acting. The ending just didn’t do it for me to make this a really good movie. Eventually it will be forgettable, but watch it if you are into mysteries. Just don’t get your hopes up!!!