Just like Gone Girl and Fifty Shades of Grey, The Girl on the Train is the next best-selling novel film adaptation looking to cash in at the box office with fans of the book clamoring to see the story jump from page to the screen. The film stars Emily Blunt as alcoholic Rachel who spends her days in a drunken stupor riding the commuter train looking to get a glimpse of her old life. Her past consists of a cheating husband named Tom (Justin Theroux) who has moved on with his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and their baby daughter. Rachel continuously crosses the line in her inebriated state with her Ex and his new family, but things become very complicated when Tom’s former mentally unstable nanny Megan (Haley Bennet) goes missing and Rachel tries to uncover the mystery as to what happened to Megan.
The Girl on the Train may have been based on a best seller, but the film plays like a Lifetime Movie based on a mystery novel in the grocery store check out line. The scenes are so over dramatic with a glassy-eyed Blunt staring from the train as she goes from one blackout to the next as she self medicates herself with booze. All these drunk commuter rides go nowhere and leave the audience wondering if this train is ever going to leave the station when it comes to the plot. The Girl on the Train is downright boring as you are subjected to watch a bunch of wealthy and miserable suburbanites sulk away about how bad their lives are.
The slow first half in The Girl on the Train is also compounded with confusing flashbacks as a messy way of unfolding the mystery. So many characters are thrown at you that it’s hard to keep up with all the drama in the months and weeks leading up to the disappearance of Megan. Once the confusing flashbacks are over, your left with a twist you could see coming from a mile away even if you never read the book. It’s so obvious where the storyline with all the personal drama was heading and The Girl on the Train gets downright ridiculous once you realize the actions of certain individuals escalated so quickly.
The excitement does pickup in the last thirty minutes of The Girl on the Train, but that’s only compared to the first hour and twenty minutes full of corny sexy melodrama that’s not worth sitting through for the payoff during the conclusion. The Girl on the Train with Emily Blunt in the lead looked like a winner on paper, yet the adaptation doesn’t do anything to entice the audience into caring about what happens to all these unlikable, self-absorbed people and their problems. Emily Blunt is the type of actress that usually makes projects better with her involvement, but there’s nothing she can do to save this film that clearly goes off the rails leading to a big disappointment for fans looking forward to The Girl on the Train.
Overall, I give The Girl on the Train 2.25 out 4 stars.
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