The Girl on the Train
by Tony Medley
Runtime 117 minutes.
Not for children.
Based on Paula
Hawkins’ best seller, director Tate Taylor faithfully tells the story of
Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) who spends her days recovering from a
divorce from her husband, Tom (Justin Theroux), traveling to and from
New York on a train. An alcoholic, she passes her former house every day
but becomes involved as if watching a soap opera in the lives of a
couple in a neighboring house where the wife, Megan (Haley Bennett), and
her husband, Scott (Luke Evans), live what she feels is the happy
married life she wanted to live with Tom.
One day she is
shocked to see Megan embracing a man who is not Scott. Almost
heartbroken, she disembarks the train to investigate and things go from
bad to worse.
The casting and
acting are superb. Bennett, who recently appeared as about the only good
thing in The Magnificent Seven, is as beautiful and stunning here
as she was there. What I said in my review of that film goes here, too.
Her beauty is so overwhelming that it can overshadow her outstanding
Blunt is one of the
best actresses around and carries the film as the troubled woman nobody
likes or believes.
Rebecca Ferguson is
excellent as Tom’s new wife, Anna. But, for me, the person who stands
out maybe even above Blunt and Bennett is Allison Janney as Detective
Riley. Whenever I’ve seen Janney, she has always come across as exactly
the character she plays; she never seems to be acting. Even better,
though, there was a lot of electricity when she was onscreen.
would like to be a casting director, and critics are no different. My
only criticism of this film is Theroux as Tom. While he gives a good
performance, I would have cast someone more likeable and sympathetic
like Jason Bateman, who gave such a fine performance last year in The
Gift. If you read the book, you might know what I mean after you see
Often when you read a
terrific book and then see the movie you are disappointed, but I was not
disappointed in this.