The Girl on the Train


Review: Rachel, recently divorced and finding it hard to come to terms with, finds herself getting entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shock waves throughout her life.
Director: Tate Taylor
Actors: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Laura Prepon, Allison Janney, Darren Goldstein, Lisa Kudrow, Lana Young, Rachel Christopher and Gregory Morley
Year: 2016
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller
Conclusion: 3/5
Adapted from a novel with the same title by Paula Hawkins. I have to say that I have not read the novel so don’t know how either compares. I have heard that one thing they changed for the film was the location. In the book the location is in London but in the film they changed it to New York. Even though I have not read the book, by 2016, the source novel was the fastest-selling adult novel in history. The cinematography was brilliant. Emily Blunt was amazing but I found her to be much better and stronger in the second half than the first. Despite this, she was the one who kept the whole film moving. I felt that I believed in her and her character. At the start of filming she was at the beginning stage of pregnancy. The only one that she told was her friend and co-star Justin Theroux. The author, Paula Hawkins, originally had Michelle Williams in mind to play Emily Blunt’s character. The musical score was very good and was composed by Danny Elfman. This director, Tate Taylor, also directed The Help, 2011 which was a huge success at the time. Just some of the themes that occur in this are memories and the past, guilt and blame, lies and deceit. Isolation and also betrayal are major factors in this film. Other films that are similar to this are Gone Girl (2014) and also Before I Go to Sleep (2014).


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