‘The Girl on the Train’ disappoints viewers

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By SARA BORRO
staff writer
In 2015, British novelist Paula Hawkins published the psychological thriller “The Girl on the Train,” which recently was adapted into an American mystery drama film.
“The Girl on the Train” made its appearance in theaters on Oct. 7.
Though “The Girl on the Train” has all the best elements of a mysterious psychological thriller, the film’s plot was about as bland as its title.
From an awkward and dangerous love triangle, or in this case a love hexagon, to a mysterious killing of a beautiful woman, “The Girl on the Train” was slightly more complex and eloquent than a B-grade Lifetime movie.
The first half of the film was slow moving and almost annoyed audience members with how confusing it was and the lack of detail that was revealed. Thankfully there was an interesting, but not overwhelmingly surprising, twist that allowed the last half of the movie to pick up momentum and end on a stronger note.
Though the plot was a bit lackluster in originality and depth, the performances by the actors were outstanding.
Emily Blunt, who is famous for her roles in “The Devil Wears Prada” in 2006 and “The Huntsmen: Winters War” in 2016, portrayed the lead female character of Rachel and put on one of her best performances to date.
Her portrayal of an alcoholic, depressed and deeply tormented woman in this film was a striking contrast to her sassy and fierce fashionista persona in “The Devil Wears Prada,” but she pulled it off flawlessly.
“The Girl on the Train” earned a 6.7/10 on IMDb and only a 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Because the novel was so successful, and the film so widely anticipated, it was assumed the movie would be slightly more satisfying, but unfortunately it fell short.
Overall, the film is lukewarm at best, but is sure to keep audiences on their toes and waiting for the end. However, whether they’re waiting for it to be over or waiting for the final answers can be left open for you to decide.

SARA BORRO
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