This makes me want to buy a ticket.
I read the book, ‘The Girl on the Train’ a few months ago, and the experience left me a little underwhelmed. I had extremely high hopes after people were saying it was “the next Gone Girl,” but some of the decisions, especially later in the book left me empty.
But after seeing the trailer, the film version looks incredible! It makes me want to reread the last 50 or so pages and see if I somehow missed something that would sway me into the thinking of the masses. See for yourself.
I’m a big Emily Blunt fan, and at first glance, she nails the feeling of hopelessness that her character Rachel embodies. She’s a drunk; her husband leaves her and eventually has a kid with a woman from a previous affair. It’s clearly a shitty situation. I have full confidence that Blunt can pull that character off. Outside of Blunt, Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, Luke Evans, Édgar Ramirez, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Laura Prepon, and Haley Bennett are all around to add to the fun.
I just can’t shake the ending of the book. It’s not good. Most frustrating is that the first three quarters of it is outstanding prose. I’m crossing my fingers that the adaptation directed by Tate Taylor (THE HELP), will fix the narrative issue of the source material. It is a compelling story, with some mystery, and some sexy elements. I’m talking myself into it.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN has a prime release date, October 7, 2016.