Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Girl on the Train (R/112 Min.)
Dear Fellow Book Nerds…why did no one tell me about this book? Because I obviously haven’t been paying attention. The Girl on the Train was much better than I’d anticipated based on the trailers I saw. I really didn’t hope for much; just another thriller in which no one believes someone saw what they said they saw. This is why I should never watch trailers.
The Girl on the Train is about three different women, but mostly it’s about Rachel. She's sad, she’s lonely, she’s an alcoholic, she’s a dreamer. Put them all together and it makes for a really bad situation. The other two are important mainly because of their interactions with Rachel; and because one of them dies. Okay, if you haven’t seen any trailers and you haven’t read the book, I just ruined part of the movie for you. But only a little. The thing is, there are so many things happening in this movie that it’s difficult NOT to spoil it. I’ll do my best though.
Rachel Watson is played, oh so well, by Emily Blunt. Let me just say, right now, that if she doesn’t get at least an Oscar nomination for this, I will be completely surprised. I liked her. I liked her a lot. Rachel’s life isn’t going quite as she’d planned. Things are not working out in her favor and she’s turned to drinking to numb the pain. Or at least that’s the perception I was given. I choose to believe that she wasn’t an alcoholic before her world went topsy turvey. She spends her commutes in to NYC daydreaming about the lives of the people who live in the houses that the train passes every day. I totally get this. When I lived in Belgium and took trips with the travel clubs to Germany, I did the exact same thing. The bus would pass all these cute little houses and I’d wonder about the people inside. I love Europe. Sigh. Okay, back to the movie. Rachel’s dreams take an abrupt detour when she sees something that kills the daydream and angers her to the point of violence. Or does it???
Megan Hipwell is played by Haley Bennett. I have no idea what else I’ve seen her in but I didn’t like her in this. Was she a bad actress? I didn’t think so. I just didn’t like her character. Sadly, I see a bit of me in her and I didn’t much care for that mirror, thank you very much. Besides that, though, she just isn’t a good person. And, unfortunately for her, she attracts a certain type of man. She didn’t seem to have a bad boy phase. She’s having a bad boy life.
Anna Watson is played by Rebecca Ferguson. I liked her a lot. Even though she didn’t like our protagonist. Honestly, though. She had good reason not to. Or did she??? At first I thought she was spineless and a bit wishy-washy but it all gets explained and you will totally understand why she seems a bit of a victim throughout most of the movie. It’s just not her week.
If, for some reason, you missed that this movie is R-rated and you’re wondering if it’s okay for young children the answer is a resounding NO! I think the rating should be enough but let me go ahead and break it down for you.
Nudity/Sex – Yes. And YES! Enough said.
Drinking/Drugs – Drinking…lots. Drugs…none that I noticed.
Cussing – Ummm…yeah. It wasn’t 21 Jump Street bad, but the favored word in this film was the F-word and they tossed it around with great abandon. I think I counted around 50 times it was used. Granted, some of them were in a video that we saw/heard a couple of times but I still think it should count. A couple of other words were used but the total on those, unless I missed any, came to three. Seriously.
Violence – You betcha. I was almost to the cover-my-eyes-and-ears stage of one act. Yes, I am a big baby when it comes to certain acts of violence. And I hope I never get numb to that. I’m bad enough as it is. The other main one was icky but also made the audience laugh. I’m sure that wasn’t the intention but it was a very surreal gross/funny moment that couldn’t be helped.
If you like suspense or thrillers, go see this. If you like Emily Blunt and can handle violence, sex, and cussing, go see this. If you like to spend a movie guessing what’s going to happen and you’re okay with the things mentioned above…go see this. I didn’t even bother trying to guess. I jumped in to the movie feet first and went along for the, oh so twisted, ride.
By the way, if Emily does get nominated for an Academy Award (hint hint Academy people!!!), I can tell you exactly what scene they will show on Oscar night. The bathroom scene. I’m just sayin’. Enjoy the movie!