Last night I saw The Girl on the Train with my friend Lou at Clapham Picturehouse. It was a cosy affair – I love that cinema. The reclining chairs, the sparkling ceiling, the friendly staff.
Enough about the building, what about the film? I’d give it a solid 4 out of 5. It was entertaining but the book was better. Naturally. Has anyone ever thought a film was better than the book?!
Back to the film. Emily Blunt was spot on. A few eyebrows raised when she was announced as the lead. But all you haters back down. Because she was ruthless – on screen and as her character. Most of the other roles were well cast. The odd cameos from Lisa Kudrow as friend Martha and Laura Prepon as roommate Cathy were perhaps a little strange. Laura didn’t serve at all as the Cathy I had imagined in my head. I was thinking a bit more Anna from The OC (yes, oldschool, I know). The other stand out was Megan played by Haley Bennett. I’ve not seen her in much before but BOY will she be around after this.
It’s gripping but you need to watch the book to appreciate the film. As it can be exasperating when nothing is resolved until the conclusion. Us book worms will hold on, but you might be slightly less forgiving of the ending.
It’s worth a watch. What better to do on a cold, rainy Sunday?