Review: Girl On The Train
Ever since the news of Paula Hawkins' book being made into a movie was announced, we've been counting down the days. And yesterday it made its public debut on the silver screen.
Coined the "most anticipated thriller of the year", it had high expectations to live up to, along with a slick trailer, so armed with a slightly weird combination of snacks: a salad, a subway and some popcorn, the Fix team popped along to see if it was as good as it looked.
Across social media there'd been some uproar over the plot's relocation. Book fans will know it's originally based in London, but the film takes us to a leafy, affluent suburb outside of Manhattan. Put it this way, it doesn't make the film any less compelling, in fact the locations picked are stunning to watch so I'm all for it. I mean, you spend quite a lot of the film watching the main character look out of a train window, so your average street would get boring after the first or second go.
Another worry I had was whether the trailer had all of the 'best bits' because we all know that can be the case with any anticipated film. But again, for me, no. Just the right amount was released in the trailer as I was guessing 'who dunnit' right until it closed.
It's not a short number, with just under 2 hours running time - it's one to sink your teeth into. And if you're worried about getting bored - you won't. The flip between times and characters keeps you engaged from the very first minute to the last scene. Or if you're like me, you'll have your BFF whispering she's hungry or cold every half an hour, so that keeps things fresh.
Emily Blunt excels in really bringing Rachel's character and story to life, allowing us to sympathise with her situation and she's joined with a stellar cast including Justin Theroux and a brief appearance from Lisa Kudrow.
There's twists and turns every step of the way, look away moments and a whole cast of characters to choose your side and decide who you think is to blame.
It's a plot that links initially to most of us - after all, we've all gazed out of a train at people and places around us and wondered about their lives, who they are are and what makes them tick. Okay, so that's where the comparison ends, but along with a social media feature, drama around every corner and stunning cinematography, it's one to watch, literally.