THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN REVIEWED
“The Girl on the Train” is about a drunk woman finding the strength to rewrite her personal history. When the opportunity arrives to become the hero of her own story, she ruins the lives of others to make it so. Another middle-of-the-road Chick Lit adaptation from Tate Taylor proves that the market might be shallow. Still, I’d watch Emily Blunt in anything. Spreading out my viewings over three months has allowed for something new to arise.
The ghost of “Gone Girl” haunts this story, but does everybody need to be relegated to Flynn’s coat tails? Probably not. It’s just that the audience is required to forgive Blunt’s character for so many transgressions. There’s almost enough underneath the surface to power any MRA discussion on Reddit. So, why is it easier to give Gone Girl’s murderous Amazing Amy a pass and not Rachel? Well, viewers can’t identify with losers. Make no mistake here, as Paula Hawkins has written her lead as a certain loser.
While Amazing Amy is a psycho that ruins lives at her discretion, she’s far more interesting to watch than a drunken woman trying to live an imaginary life. Hell, she’s a sexual fetish away from being an exciting revamp of Aqualung. The problem is that the film forces way too many changes, as it’s not in-fashion to portray a woman at her lowest. There’s so much bizarre wish fulfillment tied to a possible murder mystery that it boggles the mind. But, it’s not like it’s going to stop your aunt from reading this at the beach or picking up the movie today.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS: X
RELEASE DATE: 1/17/17
The Plot Thus Far
A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.