The Girl on the Train is a film about a divorcee who becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
The apparent novel that shocked the world was only shocking due to it’s continuos reference to sex (as that was often, if not the major driving point of the events that occurred in the story) and extreme bloody violence. As someone who identifies as asexual, these sex scenes were extremely uncomfortable but it’s not like it’s something that can be avoided in film and television these days. It was awkward and unsettling and I felt like I was sitting with my parents watching these scenes. The characters and the performances, however, as well as how all the characters finally linked all together at the end was really kept me going when I read the novel and watched the film.
In saying that, it was a very faithful adaption of the source material, especially the end Rachel’s former home played absolutely perfectly by Emily Blunt. It was almost like the filmmakers knew exactly what I was seeing when I read the novel and captured the gruesome ending onscreen.
If it wasn’t for Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, or Hayley Bennett, especially that of Blunt, the film wouldn’t have been the same. They were perfectly cast for the roles and despite the change of location from London to New York, the story was told seamlessly despite it’s fragmented parts it was told. The performances given helped confirm this as we scrambled through Rachel’s drunken telling of the events that occurred and struggle to get those around her to believe her innocence including the tough love and unbelieving Detective Riley played awesomely (as always) by Allison Janney. It’s also really nice to see Ferguson getting more roles as she always came across to me as an actress who I never understood why we never saw earlier.
It was a well crafted film, with room for improvements like many pieces of work as nothing is absolutely perfect, and hopefully the start of the season of films that are worth our hard earned money and time that isn’t wasted.