Hello everyone :) I went to watch The Girl on the Train a few hours ago. I have not read the book, but I was intrigued after I watched the trailer and decided to give it a go. This film includes cast such as Emily Blunt, Luke Evans, Justin Theroux, Rebecca Ferguson, and many others. Scored by Danny Elfman, I have to bring that up because I love his works. Although, I prefer his work for Tim Burton's films, but he is still a great film scorer. This film has many different pains with different outcome on the characters. I find that to be very emotional in a way. It leads to one character to be an alcoholic, another to be violent, another to be doubtful and scared, another to feel betrayed. There are many different emotions, painful emotions in this film that it's very easy to just get caught up in it.
One thing that I can already expect from this film is a plot twist. So, from the very beginning, the plot clearly line up a few characters with potential motives to be a murderer. As the plot thickens, you begin to rule out characters that cannot be the murderer. Then, some new suspects show up, and you start to have that game in your head to see if you're right. If I'm completely honest, it felt like I was playing Cluedo with my own mind. Of course, after more than halfway through the film, I would say closing in to the last quarter of the film I can already guess who's the murderer. This kind of film is at its best when you watch it for the first time, especially if you haven't read the book. I'm assuming if you've read the book you'll start doing the comparing routine instead. Which is understandable, I'd probably do the same thing if I have read the book prior to this. Considering this is my first time to actually know the story, so it was easy for me to get caught up in the film and really playing around with the potential suspects.
Emily Blunt did a good job as an alcoholic ex-wife. She looked horrible. Not in a sense of her clothes or make up, although those definitely contribute. But horrible as in the way she carried herself in that film, the way she walked, the way she talk. Definitely doesn't sound or look like someone that has been sober for more than 24 hours. I like how her confusion actually made me feel just as confused as well. In the beginning of the film I felt quite confused that it got on my nerve a little. Not to forget that the confused atmosphere of the plot in the beginning just made it feel like it's not moving and therefore felt like the plot was moving too slow and jumping back and forth. But everything started to become clearer together as the character progress. Which means towards the second half is when I got completely into the film that at one point I covered my face not because I was doing it consciously but just because I was automatically reacting to what was happening. To be honest, I enjoyed that. You get to really be in it and just feel the atmosphere and emotion of it.
Will I recommend this film? Yes, I would. Especially if you are the type that love plot twist and darker type of films. It has good storyline, nice acting by the cast, although I only mention Emily Blunt, but I can say that all the cast did their best. I just had to mention Emily Blunt because I wasn't sure if she can pull off a character such as this, but she did, and I'm glad. It shows her versatility. If I want to rate this film from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best, I will give this film 7/10. Until next time, toodles~ ^_^
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