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nymusix

The Girl on the Train is a capably made film featuring a standout lead performance by the reliable Emily Blunt. Unfortunately, the material around her is simply lacking. Though it touches on themes of male dominance, violence, alcoholism, the film is ultimately more interested in its own melodrama than in any actual exploration of those themes.

Additionally, for someone who hadn't read the book, the time jumps and narrative shifts occasionally left me confused about the narrative. The frequent comparisons to Gone Girl make a lot of sense - The Girl on the Train seeks to copy a lot of the style and tone of Gone Girl - but ultimately it's closer to a voyeuristic melodrama than to a thrilling masterpiece.
5 years 7 months ago
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acoltismypassport

The best thing about this film was the strikingly accurate portrayal of crippling alcoholism.

The rest was okay.
5 years 3 months ago
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Siskoid

The Girl on the Train is really Emely Blunt's show, giving a performance that outshines the writing and direction by a mile, though I will admit that for most of its 2+ hour running time, I was presented with a more than competent melodrama, told using what I assume is the book's structure, revealing the sordid details of three women's lives asequentially. The film is, after all, an indictment of memory, presenting a narrative that is partly, or perhaps even entirely, unreliable. That feeling of unsure discovery is more interesting than the eventual solution to the disappearance/murder at the heart of the story, and The Girl on a Train is yet another film released this season that doesn't quite know what to do before the credits roll and opts for a trite coda. Had I run out of the cinema a couple minutes before the end, I would have been more happy with it.
5 years 7 months ago
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ChrisReynolds

A murder mystery which has a lot of things going for it, not least Emily Blunt's great portrayal of a woman struggling with alcoholism (which might have got an Oscar nom if the rest of the film had been better), stylish cinematography and generally high production values. However it's all let down by the central mystery being inherently weak and the film then trying to hide it from the audience by telling the story in a tangle of flashbacks (some of which later turn out to be fake) and red herrings.
4 years 5 months ago
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peterskb45

Emily Blunt is amazing at portraying a difficult character. The rest is 'meh to okay.'
5 years 3 months ago
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Lisa1492

Not that I liked the book much, but I found the whole movie quite pathetic, lacking of characters's depth, pathos or just good actors (emily blunt did very good though). spoiler
5 years 3 months ago
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Candyrevolver

I loved the book, got disappointed with the movie, except for Emily Blunt's performance which is just perfect!
5 years 3 months ago
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dippygirl78

Way better than the book which is predictable drivel. Emily Blunt gives an Oscar worthy performance and out shines every other actor in the film.
5 years 7 months ago
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Torgo

It took some time for things to unfold in this heavy, sad crime drama thriller (it's a bit of everything). But boy, does it drag during the opening third, where we still need to get an overview of the characters and are puzzled with all the flashbacks, blackouts (dreadful indeed) and the miserable state of an alcoholic, who is fantastically portrayed by Emily Blunt - outstanding performance!
Way more melodramatic and depressing than I expected for such a popular thriller. There are brilliant parts to an overall not that solid film. Too bad David Fincher didn't want to do Gone Girl twice in a row, because with his direction, you know, this might have been...

Overall: troubled, but noteworthy.
1 year 2 months ago
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Earring72

Ok thriller with a great performance by Emily Blunt. Was a bit lacking in thrills but engrossing
2 years 2 months ago
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BenShee

As basically everyone has said - Emily Blunt brings out the best in yet another movie with her talent and beauty (ref Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow (okay, fine, Cruise wasn't ALL bad...)) - otherwise this movie is interesting and had all us plebs guessing thanks to the multiple red herrings being tossed into our lap. Capable film-making, a few steps away from being masterful.
4 years 4 months ago
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252

Tate Taylor sure knows his stuff (The Help is his only noteworthy other film, yet he already makes feature films of this fucking awesome quality).

Riveting acting from Emily Blunt and Haley Bennett (the Equalizer, Magnificent Seven). Yes, riveting truly is the word. Like trying to follow the rivets on the windows of a passing train, your perception of the characters shift with every new glance and you can barely keep up with your own conceptions (wow, conceptions, pun discovered?). The camera moves you... behind the windows of the train, behind the eyes of the characters. You become the observer, the imaginator, and much like Rachel, you start wondering: What is he thinking? What kind of person would she be? What's her background? What are his aspirations?

With the excellent acting work of the cast and Taylor's almost claustrophobic cinematography, the movie forces you to be the characters. You're the psychiatrist, the concerned friend, the detective, the husband. But, I imagine, Taylor mostly wants you to be Rachel. And just like her, you fail miserably at trying to get a true enough image of those characters. Brilliant.
4 years 5 months ago
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josue.a.o

Good actors.
5 years 7 months ago
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Emiam

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4 years 3 months ago
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kurvduam

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5 years 4 months ago
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