By Mandela Wells
Book to film adaptations are some of the trickiest films to make. The writer or writers and the director is under great pressure to bring to life the pages from a book that is beloved by fans all over. Some books have been successfully adapted, like “The Hunger Games” trilogy, the “Harry Potter” franchise, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series, the “Twilight” series, and “The Notebook.“ While others, such as “The Giver,“ “A Walk to Remember,“ and, most infamously, “The Scarlet Letter,“ have all failed miserably. Joining this list of failed adaptations is Paula Hawkins‘ book, “The Girl on the Train.“
Emily Blunt stars as Rachel Watson, a woman who has lost everything, her husband a stable life and even her job. She lives with her roommate and rides the train into the city deceiving people that she has a job when she doesn’t. On her train rides she sees a married couple whom she fantasized about. She one day sees something shocking which leads her into being entangled in a murder mystery that will leave serious implications on multiple people.
This was without a doubt a terrible book to film adaptation. The execution of this intricate story plot that was a joy to read in the book was done so poorly. they utilized the narration and pieces of the story in a way were it got annoying and there was seemingly no cohesion. Tate Taylor has a hard time finding the counter balance between the shock and mystery that made the book a success. One of the things that annoyed the hell out of me in the film was his usage of the slow motion cinematography that was used at nausium from 2000-2008. Back then it was ok, but now we’ve kind of all grown out of that and there are other ways to make a hazy flashback or memory. The script should have had more revisions, or instead have Paula Hawkins write this. I think it would have been better if it was done in England. It felt weird actually having read the story and seeing it in America. I thought it would work but it didn’t.
Emily Blunt does probably the best acting job out of the whole crew. She really does a fine job of playing a disheveled unsure, unreliable alcoholic. However, there were times though were it all got a bit overdramatic but it didn’t happen to much. Haley Bennett did well in portraying Megan’s mystery, but she didn’t add much else to this character. The male counterparts also did not add much to the story except Justin Thereox at the end. They were just there as eye candy for the woman in my opinion. Theroex did have a crucial scene near the end that he acted out perfectly, but not much makes you intrigued by him for most of the film
Case and point, the book is better than this film, do not see this.