The Girl on the Train

Updated: May 24, 2019

I barely watch Dramas.  It has to be super-good, and had won Oscars for like three years in a row, for me to watch one.  Despite this, I was convinced to watch “The Girl on the Train”.  And you know what?  It was actually pretty decent (almost as good as good) and held my attention.  The film stars Emily Blunt, who plays Rachel Watson, a divorcee that struggles with alcoholism.  Rachel develops the habit of riding the train daily, past the house of her ex-husband and his new wife, observing them from a distance.  Upon this ritual of hers, she begins to take notice of Megan Hipwell, a younger, married woman living next door, and imagines her perfect marriage.  As this continues, Rachel grows more obsessed with the couple and the “what-ifs” of her own failed relationship.

As the film progresses, a murder takes place (shocking), and Rachel, who possibly witnessed a key part of the crime, attempts to piece the act together.  However, due to her severe alcoholism, she suffers from blackouts.  As you can guess, this hinders her ability to fully connect the pieces together.  Without spoiling much, the plot unfolds and gets more twisted until finally revealing the murderer and the motives as to why.  I’m not saying I walked away from this movie wanting to see every drama-thriller ever, but it wasn’t a waste of a movie trip.  Some parts of the plot get a little spotty to me, but not enough to ruin the film.  I give “The Girl on the Train” a 3 out of 5.