I found myself endlessly intrigued by this film's marketing. I heard numerous comparisons to the film "Gone Girl", which was one of my favorite movies of the year of its release. In actuality, the only comparisons between that film and "The Girl on the Train" is that this film pales in comparison.
The biggest issue that I had with this film is that it is thoroughly convoluted. There was too much going on at one time; the film jumped all over the place, with too many perspectives telling too many subplots. It ends up feeling like a jumbled mess, and not an interesting one at that. The mystery isn't particularly exciting until about the last twenty minutes in the film. And that is because the film finally establishes strong sympathy for the protagonist during that time. Prior to that, the protagonist is not a very likable character.
The best part of the film is Emily Blunt. Her performance is great. She is believable in the role and makes the most out of what she was given in the script. Otherwise, the film isn't very well-made. The cinematography is sloppy, and there is repeated use of a slowed-down effect, making the film look even choppier. The score by Danny Elfman is good, but is sadly underused. The rest of the acting is rather over-exaggerated, especially that of Evans, Bennett, and Ramirez, all of which I usually like.
So overall, I was really disappointed by "The Girl on the Train". I had high hopes for it to be one of the best films of the year. In the end, Emily Blunt's performance saves it from being total garbage.
The Girl on the Train
Big Tuna's Rating: C-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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