Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wee Movie Review: The Girl on the Train!

Hello lovelies,

Last night I went to the cinema on a mate date to see the much anticipated Girl on the Train and I thought I would review it here, while it was still fresh in my mind. I had really mixed feelings about it which I just need to get out of my head!

***warning - spoilers ahead***

Give me a plot... 

If you have already read the book you will know this already, however just quickly, The Girl on the Train is about Rachel, who is a struggling alcoholic. Her life has recently really fell apart, and because of this she becomes almost obsessed with a couple she can see from the train she travels on. When the woman goes missing, Rachel is pulled in, and the question is, will she make it out? 

What I disliked...

I always like to get the negatives out of the way, and for me this was a odd one. There was nothing terrible about the film. But there were a few things that just took away from my enjoyment of the film overall. 

First of all, there was definitely something missing from this film that I couldn't put my finger on. I'm certain it was absence of suspense, that I remember really feeling while I was reading the book. I didn't get any adrenaline rush throughout this film at all which really surprised me. 

Secondly, there was just so many unnecessary sex scenes. I think the first one was like 20 minutes in and then at regular intervals throughout - just thrown in at any old time. And they were gross and uncomfortable - this was obviously purposely done - but it was just so uncomfortable to watch, especially when they just kept popping up - sometimes even just the exact same scenes.  

Lastly, I want to discuss the changes they made to the storyline. Overall, I think the film stuck really well to the storyline of the book and I know that changes do have to be made in an adaptation but I did have a bit of a problem with them.

The first subtle change I noticed was that they really hammered on a "reason" for Rachel being an alcoholic, which I know why they did it (because when a lot of people read the book, they didn't feel sorry for/root for Rachel). This always annoys me in literature and film because there isn't always this one absolute perfect fitting reason for alcoholism (or any other MH problems for that matter) and so often this is forced down our throat. 

It also makes me feel like we're saying we can't have compassion for someone unless there is this super tragic reason for the way they are. It annoyed me even more, that they really focused so hard on the fact that she couldn't have a child. It was like really forcing that generic "most tragic woman" storyline. It was screaming at us to feel sorry for her, and it just felt so forced. 

If you read the book and knew the character from there, then you'll understand why this feels odd. I don't even remember Hawkins explicitly saying this in the book. 

The other change that annoyed me was the end. It wasn't changed totally, but it just wasn't near as impactful I remember. The ending I remember was super intense, and the reader was lead to believe the wife was going to help the husband kill Rachel. I did not get that feeling at all in the film, so when she didn't, it just felt a little flat. 

Even if I took away having read the book, I think it would still lack suspense, I don't think there would be doubt in anyone's mind what was about to happen.

Both extremely subtle changes, but they were enough to effect my enjoyment of it. 

What I liked...

The cast did a great job with what they had, and I think Emily Blunt really portrayed Rachel amazingly, absolute kudos to her.

I thought it was a good adaptation of the book, even if it missed the mark as entertainment. I liked the way they created the flashbacks and different perspectives. 

Out of 10 I give it...

5/10. I think it was distinctly average - the subtle changes to the story, along with missing that key anticipation and adrenaline pumping made it a bit of a miss for me. 

What say Rotten Tomatoes...

The Girl in the Train gets a 57% audience score which sounds just about right. Most of the reviews comment on most of the points I've already discussed here. 

The Girl on the Train is out in cinemas nationwide now! My friend (who had also read the book) really enjoyed it, so I'd say if you really enjoyed the book and are desperate to see it go check it out, otherwise wait for the DVD release!

Have you seen The Girl on the Train? What did you think? I'd love to know if you agree about the subtle changes? Let me know below!

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