WARNING: This film may contain minor spoilers, because this film is a mystery thriller, it is hard critiquing a film that by its definition wants to keep the audience guessing. For that reason, you can read the review after you’ve seen the movie, which I highly recommend. If you’re not interested in the film, then you can read on with my review.
Receiving mixed reviews (currently 43% on Rotten Tomatoes and 48 on Metacritic), however audiences seemed to be a bit more positive with a B- on Cinemascore. Where do I place myself with this film?
‘The Girl on the Train’ follows three women; Rachel (Emily Blunt), Megan (Haley Bennett) and Anna (Rebecca Ferguson). Rachel takes a trip on a train every morning to see a couple that she fantasizes over, including making up fake lives for this couple and sketches that she draws. However, Rachel has had a difficult two years, being divorced, losing everything she worked for and trying to cope with her alcohol addiction. Megan seems to be the opposite, she has a loving boyfriend, a big home and a steady day job, although that’s not perfect for Megan as she tries to start her life all over again by having an affair. Anna is a mother who is raising her baby, however copes with the struggles of being paranoid by her husband’s ex-wife.
This film is purely a mystery crime thriller. While people say it’s ‘Gone Girl’ 2.0, however while there are little similarities, it is quite different from one another. ‘The Girl on the Train’ is based upon the bestselling novel with the same name, and while this film is slow, it never loses its engagement with the many twists and turns this film goes through, it is a roller-coaster of emotion and guessing games, and you know what, I was constantly engaged and entertained by this mystery thriller. The film’s acting performances are brilliantly portrayed with the whole cast being very solid. I don’t think I’ve seen Emily Blunt this emotionally raw before, as she proves she is a leading actress.
‘The Girl on the Train’ is a solid mystery crime thriller, constantly gets you engaged and keeps you guessing where the story unfolds. There are problems, here and there, mainly with the friendship between Rachel and Tom and some of the film’s editing structure, but you know what, ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a good time at the cinema for crime mystery thriller fans.