The Girl on the Train is one of the most anticipated thrillers this year. Based on a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins, the story follows an unhappy, divorced alcoholic named Rachel (Emily Blunt). Each day on her commute to and from New York, she watches a seemingly happy, very-in-love couple as she passes their home.
One day, when she spots the woman kissing another man, she becomes enraged, as it brings back memories of her own husband cheating on her. When the woman goes missing that very same night, Rachel becomes involved in the mystery.
AH: I read the book earlier this year, so I had an idea of what to expect. I know you were really looking forward to this, so what were you expecting from the movie?
MF: I haven’t read the book but I was very excited to see the movie after watching the trailer. Also, based on the great book reviews, it made me want to see the movie even more.
AH: Did it meet your expectations?
MF: I was a bit confused because there were so many characters involved. I liked all the puzzle pieces that eventually fit together. I just wish the movie was long enough to explore more of the characters’ back story. What did you think? Was the movie better than the book?
AH: The movie was quite a bit darker than the book. In the movie, all the men in these women’s lives seemed really uncaring and selfish, so it was a little depressing. The male characters were two-dimensional, so the actors didn’t get a chance to sink their teeth into their roles. The women, however, especially Emily Blunt and Haley Bennett, who plays Megan, the woman Rachel sees from the train, both gave incredible performances. They had the chance to show a lot of depth as actresses because their characters had so much going on.
MF: I agree. Emily Blunt and Haley Bennett were fantastic. Emily draws sympathy from the audience and keeps us hooked throughout the film. Haley was perfect as Megan, she was difficult to read but as the puzzle pieces fell together, it all made sense. However, the back and forth between the past and present of each character was confusing.
AH: That’s how it is in the book too, but in that case, it was fascinating because Megan goes missing towards the beginning, so when we would go back in time and the narrative would be from her viewpoint, I was excited because we were getting to see what had happened to her and what could have led to her going missing. What did you think of the twist at the end?
MF: I wasn’t expecting that twist but there were a few plot holes. I was expecting a bit more of a dramatic revelation.
AH: Right, I was kind of surprised when there were a couple of big reveals and each time, the audience laughed. What’s your verdict?
MF: I give the film 7.5 stars.
AH: I give it 7 stars.
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