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Girl on the Train a rough commute

lars logoNOPE – It’s never a good sign when you finish watching a film and you ask yourself “What was the point?”

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says he likes on-screen arguments where both sides are right. So, then, is the opposite equally effective? Arguments where all sides are wrong and lack any moral clarity whatsoever? Not so much.

girl-on-the-trainThe Girl on the Train, written by Erin Cressida Wilson (adapted from the novel by Paula Hawkins), suffers throughout from having no redeeming characters.

Emily Blunt plays Rachel, a mess of an alcoholic who fantasizes while on her daily train commute about “the life she wants to live.” Haley Bennet plays Megan, a home wrecking nanny with a haunted past. Rebecca Ferguson plays Anna, a home wrecking stay-at-home-mom spoiled brat.

What do these three women have in common? They all have a thing for Justin Theroux’s Tom Watson (not the golfer), a creepy Wall Street type metro sexual with plucked eyebrows, expensive moisturizer, and a hot temper.

Blunt is an excellent actor, and she goes for a big expression in this film. Definitely not a flattering role, but the deplorable aspects of her character don’t slow her down a bit. She’s always good.

Directed by Tate Taylor, who made two very likable films recently, the universally applauded 2011 civil rights sleeper, The Help, and the under-appreciated James Brown bio-pic, Get On Up (2014), The Girl on the Train is well made, and, for the most part, considering its jumpy non-linear story structure, well executed.

Nonetheless, this film resembles his less notable 2008 film, Pretty Ugly People. 

 

 

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