I read the book ages ago, but after it’s been out for awhile on DVD, I decided to watch The Girl on the Train. Emily Blunt stars as the main character. Well, actually no. I guess we should also count Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson. Unfortunately, I don’t know any of Rebecca Ferguson’s work.
Just a quick summary. Rachel has been watching what looks like a happy couple as she passes their house while on the train. One day, she discovers something about the woman that drives her crazy. Soon, she’ll discover that same woman is missing and soon to be dead. She starts to wonder if she has a connection to this missing woman. She soon tries to figure out what she is missing from that night.
I’m really glad I read the book first. Otherwise, I would have been lost. To me, it’s one of those movies where you need to read the book first. Although, if anyone saw the movie and not the book. I would be very interested to know if you were lost or not. Maybe it’s just me? I know you can’t have every detail from the book, but you can at least put enough key points in so people won’t get lost.
The book focuses on the three women; Rachel, Anne, and Megan. With the book, it tells you ahead of time, which point of view you are in. The movie, it starts that way. But, as the movie goes along. I felt like all the characters point of views started to blend in together. I knew Rachel’s point just because of the fact Emily Blunt’s hair was brown.
I thought almost all the cast was perfect for their character. I felt like Luke Evans and Justin Theroux should have reversed their roles though. I didn’t feel like Theroux fit the role of Tom. Evans, would have done a better job. I like both actors. Many know how I feel about Evans. Love him. But, I think he would have done better for Tom. Theroux again is a good actor, but for this role? I just didn’t feel it.
Emily Blunt though did an excellent job as Rachel. Her character could have used more plot. There were things missing from the book, that would have helped explained her character more. But the emotion of her character? Blunt did so well with it.
I would probably give this movie a three out of five stars. If you do want to see the movie, I really do recommend reading the book first. If you see the movie without reading the book. Please let me know what you thought. Were you lost?