August 5th, 2020


Movie Critique – The Girl on the Train

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: Brilliantly adapted to film, and equally well-written novel, with superb performances overall, giving a thriller to the viewers that would give them shivers up and down their spine. Ignore all the negative reviews. I would say give this a shot, you will love it.

The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller film directed by Tate Taylor and based on the 2015 debut novel of the same name by British author Paula Hawkins. Emily Blunt plays the titular role and is supported by Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans and Lisa Kudrow among others.

Rachel Watson (portrayed by Emily Blunt), a lonely alcoholic, sees her ex-husband Tom Watson's (portrayed by Justin Theroux) nanny, Megan Hipwell (portrayed by Haley Bennett) in the company of someone else from her train window. Enraged she goes to confront Megan, but blacks out. And when she wakes up she is covered in blood and Megan, goes missing. Now she resorts to find the missing woman unknowingly going down a rabbit hole that may lead to doors that she would rather have them kept closed.

I had not read the book but when the film was aired on TV, the summary of it reminded me of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film The Lady Vanishes and Agatha Christie's 1957 Miss Marple novel 4.50 from Paddington. I simply watched it to see if it was a remake of either of them. And it certainly has elements from both and a few other such stories, but a totally different story in itself.

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