We all know, at-least we bookworms do – that the book is always better than the movie – always! Okay, maybe not always, there was an exception; I had found The Notebook movie light years better than the book. Anyway, I digress.
Coming to The Girl on The Train – this movie was okay, as in 3.5 stars okay; but then considering it was a translation of a pretty great plot – it couldn’t have been that bad, right? Okay I am possibly being hard on this movie, but to be honest, I was a little disappointed with how the book was adapted for the screen.
The Girl on The Train – Movie Review
First things first – for me, the best thing about the book was not the whodunit aspect of it; sure it was a gripping mystery, but the thing that really had me hooked from the very beginning, was how the author handled the characters – they were these wonderfully complex beings, who revealed themselves, bit by intriguing bit, as the story unfolded. It triggered a lot of emotions in the reader – ranging from disgust to surprise to empathy (an interesting journey in itself) for the very same people. And that is what made the whodunit element of the book all the more intriguing and edge-of-the-seat thrilling.
In the movie – this whole aspect kinda falls flat. It’s a very watered down version of the book, which to be fair, can be said about majority of book to movie adaptations, but then there are some brilliantly done ones – like the Harry Potter Series or The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, or more recently The Martian.
See, I don’t mean to compare every single adaptation to the gold standard, and I understand the limitations of the format, but without revealing any spoilers for this particular book, I can only say that the climax should have been handled better.
The final confrontation scene – it was a really really disappointing translation. It was like someone giving you a summary of what happened instead of actually showing it (and ironically – this was visual media) – it lacked the awe-inspiring execution of the book. Actually, if the climax had been done well, I might have been writing a very different review today.
Having said all of that, I must say that Emily Blunt did a fabulous job of playing Rachel. She held it together brilliantly even as her character was falling apart. I knew that this was great casting, when I first heard of her playing the title character, but she truly exceeded expectations (which were pretty high in the first place) for me. So that is saying something.
All in All: It’s not a must-watch, but not an absolute tragedy too. If you like Emily Blunt, you might want to see it, as she does a pretty great portrayal of Rachel. Outside of that, it lacks the punch that the book packs. It’s not the edge-of-the-seat thriller that the book was; it’s more of a moderately interesting story of pretty people in peril. But have I said, that Emily Blunt was pretty awesome? I did? Okay, it’s worth mentioning twice. 😀
Have you guys seen the movie? What did you think of it? Did you feel that the book packed a stronger punch too? Did you love Emily Blunt as much as I did? So many questions! 😛
And if you haven’t seen the movie, have you read the book? If not, go pick it up NOW (or read my spoiler free review first)! Because, whether you want to see the movie or not, this is a must-read book – especially if you like psychological thrillers.
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