Staffer Reviews: The Girl on the Train


Lexie Yates, Staff Reporter

fotorcreatedOn Friday, Oct. 7, I went to see “The Girl on the Train”. If I were to describe this movie in two words, I would say head turning. It captures your attention. The acting isn’t fantastic, but it most definitely is not horrible.

Emily Blunt, who plays Rachel, is an alcoholic and a needy ex wife. She plays the part well to an extent but I think she could have given it more meaning, maybe more effort. It didn’t look like she was trying very hard from my perspective.

Haley Bennett, who plays Megan, did an amazing job. She was a tease, an enigma, a mystery. You didn’t know what her next move was going to be and I think that played a very important piece when she goes missing.

Justin Theroux played Tom. The divorced husband of Rachel who hides his moves well. Or so he thinks. I thought his acting was phenomenal when he cheated on his ex wife and current wife but played the innocent loving husband and dad strongly. He played the part of a cheater and a lying manipulator well. Whether that is a good or bad thing is for you to decide.

Anna, played by Rebecca Ferguson, did an okay job at playing the current wife of Tom.

The end was very unexpected. Things lead you to believe that Megan’s husband or therapist and secret lover had killed her. When you learn Tom killed her and that Tom made everything in his marriage with Rachel a lie by telling her awful things she had done when she blacked out from drinking, you lose and gain respect for him all at once. The gain came from his lies and how he spun them. Poor Rachel would never know because she could not remember the next morning. The loss comes from the disgusting pig that he becomes.

This movie is sexy. It’s deceiving, manipulating, mysterious and head turning. There is no knowing what happens in this movie until the end, or until you read my spoiler.