If you read the book, Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, you will love this movie. If you didn’t read the book, you will be lost. Except for Emily Blunt who plays Rachel, the actresses are blonde and hard to tell apart. The time jumps around and is quite confusing. And, for the first hour and a half, the film really drags. I was very tempted to get up and walk out but I was too busy trying to stay awake. Luckily, my boss, who went with me, bought popcorn so I had something to do to keep me awake.
“The Girl on the Train” is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train into New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, Tom, who still lives there, with his new wife, and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family.
The screenplay was written by Erin Cressida Wilson. Unfortunately, she tried to keep it so close to the book that people who didn’t read the book were lost. The job of a screenwriter is to write a good movie based on the book not to replicate the book.
“The Girl on the Train” was directed by Tate Taylor who also directed “The Help.”
A caveat: Read the book first or stay home.