By Sarah Hanviriyapunt
I will start out by telling you, right off the bat, that I read this book, and enjoyed it a great deal. It was a real page-turner, in my opinion. Many folks watching this movie, however, haven’t read the book, and that’s fine. I had no idea it was even being made into a movie, when it had been in theaters for over a week. That shows how well I follow Hollywood (which isn’t very well). That being said, when I found out that it had been made into a movie, my excitement was practically uncontainable.
As I watched the movie, I was so happy to see how the director had chosen to portray Rachel, in Emily Blunt. Her face showed her many years of alcohol abuse, and her poor self-image. She was obviously a woman who wasn’t at her best; not in any way, shape, or form.
The wonderful start to the movie was shattered when, to my dismay, the remaining cast of characters started showing their faces, and personalities. They all had <gasp> American accents! My heart sank. How could this be? How could they take a book, that is so innately BRITISH, and put it in *America*? I was not happy about it, to say the least.
The movie redeemed itself quite well, when the storyline and character development picked up where the accents and setting left off. The characters whom I had come to love and/or hate, through the process of reading the book, had come to life on my television screen. The Apple TV rental cost of $4.99 did not, now, seem like such a waste. The psychopathy of Tom Watson, the melancholy of Megan Hipwell. The initially simplistic viewpoint of Anna Watson, morphing into fear and anger, as the movie moved. Rachel Watson was not the woman she thought she was. Her life was not a failure, and nothing was as it seemed.
While the movie did not follow the book exactly, or even closely, in some ways, it did do the job of drawing in the viewer and creating at least some of the suspense and fear felt by readers of the book. It was, overall, a good movie. I would suggest it to both those who have read the book, “The Girl on the Train,” and those who have not.