The Girl on the Train (2016)
Critic Consensus: Emily Blunt's outstanding performance isn't enough to keep The Girl on the Train from sliding sluggishly into exploitative melodrama.
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The Girl on the Train is a novel-adapted psychodrama whose plot got lost on the way to or from the script conference.
The Girl on the Train is not weirdly great, or even good, though it doesn't really aim to be, positioning itself unabashedly as a knock-off Gone Girl.
Nothing is duller or more stifling, as a rule, than people who wish to make it perfectly plain how stifled they feel by their dull suburban existence.
If it came across your desk, you would probably give it a C-, along with feedback on how to improve on the next assignment.
The flashback structure isn't wholly satisfying, and the climax leaves an abundance of questions, so much so that the movie might have benefited either from taking the time to further flesh those revelations out or stripping them down.
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I hated the book, and I can't believe the movie is worse, but amazingly it is, despite a half decent cast. It's kind of confusing and all over the place.
Manipulative revenge-against-that-slimy-ex thriller that will eat your time like termites might devour your house: feels like it takes years.
"The Girl On The Train" ain't no "Murder On The Orient Express". The solution to the mystery becomes obvious halfway through when the murder victim is show in flagrante delicto with a faceless person who has the distinctive physique of only one other character. Later, it is explicitly stated that the key character is not two of only three possible candidates. What's more, that key character is acting entirely consistently with how he/she has acted before. The mystery train apparently only stops in Obviousville. Blunt's performance as a black-out drunk is entirely unconvincing. In fact, her sober moments are almost indistinguishable from her drunk moments. (Thank goodness for fuzzy focus and wobbly cameras or you might miss when her perceptions are through vodka-soaked eyes.) Threoux is tiresome and boring. Pacing is slow and the structure is unnecessary and almost haphazard. At least the cinematagraphy and set design are good. Overall, the film is drab, dull and dank. If I were on this train, I'd carpool next time.
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