Emily Blunt is a very charming and eloquent actress with films like ‘Into the Woods’ in her filmography, but in this movie ‘The Girl on the Train’, based on the book by Paula Hawkins, she plays someone who is obsessed with the people who kind of happen to be a part of her life; I mean that in a Robin Williams as Seymour Parrish from ‘One Hour Photo’ kind of way. Her performance as an alcoholic stalker, who spends her money on train rides from her city to New York (much to her roommate played by Laura Prepon of ‘That 70’s Show’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’s chagrin) in order to see what’s going on around her personal ex-married life, is one that should definitely be remembered during Oscar season.
I haven’t seen Ms. Blunt in many movies, but I can tell you, by far, that this may be the best role she’s ever taken. In ‘The Girl on the Train’, she plays a woman named Rachel who is going through a downward spiral in her life; her ex-husband (Justin Theroux) has left her for another woman named Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) and she has a major drinking problem that has caused her more trouble than it’s worth. While riding on the same train every day, she narrates most of what has went on in her life and eventually plays the stalker type; visiting her old home where her ex-husband and Anna now live and seeming to contact him most of the time.
Trouble seems to follow Rachel when she also becomes obsessed with another woman named Megan (Hayley Bennett of ‘Hardcore Henry’), who is also going through marital problems of her own involving an affair with her psychiatrist (Edgar Ramirez). This eventually leads to a missing persons case when Rachel wakes up with a really bad hangover, and head covered in a nasty bruise, when she tries to solve the mystery and contact everyone that Megan knows including her seemingly abusive husband named Scott (Luke Evans giving off a very demanding performance).
‘The Girl on the Train’ starts off with a fast record-speed pace and keeps going to the very end; that is the problem with the films story. The pieces are like a very complex jigsaw puzzle that seem more baffling and predictable than the mystery itself surrounding it. The film also tries to make all of these women feel as important to the story as possible which feels like a cop-out at times. Was I intrigued however? Yes! I was also engaged until the very end. The performances that these main actors give off are especially edge-of-your-seat interesting to get into. I felt each and every bit of anger and resentment these characters had and their reasons for feeling this way.
In life, there are two sides to every story, and this mystery is definitely good at bringing up that topic which actually makes ‘The Girl on the Train’ even more interesting than its complexity. I’m pretty sure that this movie will get some Oscar nominations, especially a ‘Best Actress’ nomination for Blunt. (Hopefully!) ‘The Girl on the Train’ may not be one of the best films of the year, but it’s definitely worth a watch for its effort at being a good mystery.