MF: I agree. Emily Blunt and Haley Bennett were fantastic.
"How cool to have your female heroine be a blackout drunk", the Sicario actress tells EW.
Blunt surrenders herself to Rachel's addiction and despair, never shying away from embracing the ugliness of her character. It's a departure from her previous roles, including Meryl Streep's magazine assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, and the Queen of England in The Young Victoria. "We wanted to show that in all its authenticity as opposed to a kind of glossy, trivialized portrayal of women pitted against each other in a sort of whodunnit thriller". The tracks also pass the home of neighbours Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett). Every day on her morning commute, Rachel spends her time daydreaming about a seemingly flawless couple that she sees when her train passes their house. There, blissfully unaware that a stranger is longingly watching, the seemingly ideal couple Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans) go about the business of suburban life.
It's been two years since their divorce and Rachel, with her ever-present vodka-filled sports bottle, still can't let go. While the book was touted as the next "Gone Girl", this inevitable movie - rights were sold even before publication - feels more like a cheesy "erotic thriller" from the 1990s.
As you can see, "The Girl on the Train" has a very complex plot, made even more so by the fact that all three women, Rachel, Anna and Megan, trade off narrator duties throughout the film.
"I'm not the girl I used to be", proclaims Rachel Watson, the seemingly tormented protagonist of Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel The Girl on the Train.
REVIEW The Girl on the Train Who: Directed by Tate Taylor. Both movies are based on pulpy page-turners, but only Gone Girl understands how to both wring out suspense and alsodig into the characters' heads.
One day Rachel sees Megan on the balcony kissing another man.
It's also the case that too numerous themes of this film - alcoholism, blackouts, marital-collapse, infertility, voyeurism - have been tackled frequently on the big screen, and short of bringing them all together into one film, this doesn't really have much new to say about any of them. She envies what she thinks is their deep, enduring love.
If somehow this one catches on with voters in addition to audience members, I suppose a targeted awards campaign could be launched.
The Girl on the Train is in theaters now. Though it's a murder mystery on the surface - the question of who killed a missing woman is the thread tying everyone together - the real tension of the movie comes from the question of whether these women can find their way through their own broken perceptions. This week, we have a film clearly indebted to that one in The Girl on the Train. And anybody who saw her as a rogue hottie "Mission: Impossible" Girl in "Rogue Nation" knows she's the full package: a smart clever stuntwoman with a scorching hot body.