As the complex tale of all things bouncing around the tortured mind of Rachel began to unfold under the direction on Tate Taylor, I squirmed. Would I be able to withstand 112 minutes this slow?
Unlike my dear wife Karen next to me for the 7:10 p.m. Friday show in the solidly filled Regal Cinemas big theater in Syracuse suburban mall Shoppingtown, I’d not read the Paula Hawkins novel on which The Girl on the Train was based. So I hunkered down and watched the lovely Hudson Valley houses roll by as she stared from her window seat on that commuter rail, pieced together Rachel’s dreamy – nay, spacey – narration about the pretty woman who lived in one particular, went back and forth on the terrible things that led to the dissolution of her marriage in a home on that very street.
This was not a well woman. Played well by Emily Blunt, I realized.
Cut to the blonde, nanny Megan, for another blonde, mom and wife Ann. Yikes, actresses Haley Bennett and Rebecca Ferguson, relative unknowns to me, looked very much alike, I thought, filing their pieces and – surprise – relationship to Rachel’s ex Tom – into the overall puzzle.
Yeah, the cuts back and forth in the timeline were still a bit jarring.
But, wow, could these three women act. And the story, written for screen by Erin Cressida Wilson, had me, with Rachel’s relationship to Tom, Megan’s to her husband Scott as well as the psychiatrist who he drives her to visit. Actors Justin Theroux, Luke Evans are Edgar Ramirez play these three men to the mercurial hilt, too.
So now I was squirming from trying to figure out who did what to whom.
Megan turns up missing. Rachel spins deeper into her abyss. Anna and Tom are affected and affect it all.
No spoilers here, because if you haven’t read the book, the twists and turns are too good to ruin.
Think along the lines of the tumult caused before the conclusion in Gone Girl.
I exhaled deeply before we walked out. I put the novel on my to-read list. I’ll post about which I like better.
If you’re familiar with these actors and actresses, what are their good roles you like previously, and why? What other mysteries like this are your favorites, and why? What books are on your to-read list, and why?
9 thoughts on “Wondering who’s going to unravel keeps me riveted at The Girl on the Train”
I’ve read the book but not seen the movie! Curious to see how each actor plays his/her role. Glad you liked it!
The actors got me after the story pulled me in, Kay. Yes, I was worried at the start …
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i read the book and what an ending! the thing i remember is that none of the characters were very likeable. wonder how the film will stack up ?
I thought the acting in the film was wonderful, Beth, and you’re right. I liked the acting, not the characters.
Now I wanna watch it! Thanks!
I read the book… so I know how it ends. My husband saw the previews and asked me about it. I told him the previews deceiving because the book was written really well. I figured if they did the screenplay anywhere near as well, it would be worth seeing. I went back and forth a lot in the book with “Who did it?” Thanks for the review! Maybe I will go see it with a friend.. 🙂
Sorry I’m so late with the reply, Courtney, as your comment lurked in my pending box. I hope you did go see the movie with a friend, friend.
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Mom has seen the previews and is intrigued by this movie. Is it movie theater good or rental good – that is the question. XOXO – Bacon