The Movie: 7/10
For the first time in a long time Mr. Ascully and I do not agree on a movie. We often have little things that we don’t see eye to eye about, but this time it was like, “I REALLY DIDN’T LIKE IT” vs. “I REALLY LIKED IT”, but we weren’t yelling, I’m just being dramatic. I love it when a movie or artwork or music or any kind of creative thing stirs enough of a reaction to cause a discussion. It won’t change the world or anything, but The Girl On The Train opened up a conversation between a husband and wife that has rarely happened in 17 years. I don’t mean we don’t have conversations….just this particular conversation about all the reasons we really do or don’t like a movie. For us that’s a big deal. We agree on so much, the variety is good 🙂
I won’t tell you why he didn’t like it. You can listen to our podcast at the top of this review for all of his (incorrect) reasons. As for me, I liked it. I liked the tone of it, dark and brooding, but not melodramatic. The sadness comes through with the three women the story comes across. We follow one more than the other, an alcoholic recovering from a failed marriage, not being able to have children, and what seems like a general unhappiness in life. Emily Blunt plays her so well. She’s a lost cause, or she’s got hope, or she’s misunderstood, or she’s got mental health issues…..and for each of those nuances that we are supposed to be wondering about she does them beautifully. Her facial expressions and body language tell a story that goes with a woman in crisis. I was impressed.
The story isn’t new, a woman scorned, forlorn, alongside the woman who took the husband, along side yet another woman who might take the husband….all about the husband. I’m not a fan of the underlying theme, that all women depend on the love and affection of a man, even if that man is a jerk. But that’s beside the point. I can stretch my approval across that part of it. The performances and some (not all) of the dialogue are the glue that hold this movie together.
As the story unfolds I did find the attempt at a “twist” to be a classic flaw, which might be what Mr. Ascully let override the whole movie. Once your logical brain follows the string to the end that you haven’t seen yet, well, it can be a real drag. I saw the whole thing before the deliberate script writing meant for me to, but yet again, I liked the movie as a whole and those performances to overlook this little glitch.
Overall I would recommend The Girl on the Train for a rainy Saturday afternoon, but then watch something like Pretty Woman or some other more modern romantic comedy that will lift your spirits, you’re gonna need it.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes (18 Minutes) – A bunch of deleted scenes that include. Rachel rides the train, Rachel arrives at Grand Central, Megan screams as train passes, Megan’s flashback, Megan leaves Anna’s house, Rachel pees in the street, Rachel almost gets hit by a taxi, Rachel takes selfies, Rachel drinks in the bathroom, Anna looks out of her window, Rachel sees man in suit, Tom & Anna discuss moving, Tom’s request and Tom begs Anna for forgiveness.
- The Women Behind The Girl (5 Minutes) – Author Paula Hawkins talks about the move from page to screen and the difficulties that come with the process.
- On Board The Train (11 Minutes) – A largely promotional look at the making of the film.
- Audio Commentary With Director Tate Taylor
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
Usually I don’t like it when a movie isn’t represented by the cover art. If you can’t glean a little bit of the story from the cover its can be pretentious or a failed image. This time, however, I like the cover and I like the movie but they do not go together. I’d have it as a poster just for the strong image and because I enjoyed the movie.
Audio & Video: 7/10
The Girl On The Train was filmed in 4k and finished at 2k and the 2160P/HDR image here looks wonderful. Comparing the Blu-ray to the UHD disc the 4k image seems quite a bit darker which is unusual as it usually goes the other way. The HDR enhanced colors really give skin tones a much cleaner feel though and this is a competent Blu-ray and UHD disc that will please fans of the movie.
The DTS:X soundtrack does not contain much information for the overhead channel making it very similar to a normal 7.1 track. I also thought the track here was undermixed resulting in some very muffled dialog that is lost under the film’s music at times. Universal luckily have the Uhear feature encoded into the movie and I had to use it numerous times. LFE and surround are really top-notch though and dialog is always central.
Overall Score 7/10