The Girl On The Train

I read The Girl On The Train two summers ago when everyone on the beach was reading it. I thought I had shared my impressions of it with you, but a search of past posts doesn’t turn it up.

The movie seemed like a safe choice for inflight entertainment, given that the flight was more than two hours late leaving and it was 12:30 a.m. I figured I would be able to follow the plot even if I was tired, and if I fell asleep I would still know how it ended.

Switching the setting, from London to New York, I guess was an easy Hollywood trick. Make it more appealing to American audiences. I didn’t like it though. I was on a flight to London after all, I was expecting English accents.

Once I got over that, I began to remember that I had disliked the book. I remembered because it came through loud and clear in the movie. I did not like nor identify with any of the characters in the book; they were no more likeable in the movie.

The book was complex, tough to translate to the screen. As a result, I found the movie seemed choppy, a little disjointed. It must have been hard to follow for those who hadn’t read the novel.

My initial impression was “chick flick”. The book had been geared more to a female audience, perhaps; I think more so for the movie. Despite the change of locale it remained pretty faithful to the original story, at least as I remember it.

Bottom line is, it didn’t engage me, but…..

The film had some solid performances from the cast, especially from Emily Blunt as Rachel and Haley Bennett as Megan. Rachel in the book is an obviously disturbed individual. On film she comes across as beyond lost, positively scary.

I noted when I read the book that none of these people are whole. They all have flaws that are deeper than those of most of us. And I can’t help but wonder if the desperation of their lives is brought about by the choices they have made. These people are morally and spiritually adrift. No anchor, no morals, no hope.

Much like most of society I guess.

I had thought of seeing this movie when it was in theatres, but it wasn’t a high priority so it didn’t happen. I wonder if I would have liked it better if I had seen it on the big screen at a more civilized hour.

I doubt it. The characters are still hopeless

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2 comments

  1. If you hadn’t read the book you probably had no chance to figure out what was happening.

  2. You’re so right. I saw this film recently and thought Emily Blunt was very good and a couple of the other actors ok. But I didn’t like the film much at all. Disjointed and difficult to follow. I wasn’t sure what the actual story was to be honest. It felt like a wasted opportunity.

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