THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

GIRL ON THE TRAIN (2016)

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

#137 is The Girl on the Train. I hear great things about the book it's based on, just like Gone Girl. Unlike Gone Girl, it disappoints tremendously. Emily Blunt is strong as Rachel, an alcoholic who passes her former neighborhood on the Metro-North every day, where she sees her ex-husband and his new wife and baby living life and she is full of regret. There's a beautiful young nanny living there who suddenly quits with no notice. And then she turns up missing - and then... dead. Rachel has this awful habit it seems of harassing her poor ex-husband and even showing up there drunk. Which sure makes it convenient for the police to suspect Rachel when she was prowling around the house the night nanny Megan (Haley Bennett) disappears - and she cannot remember where she was (she has blackouts). This film has no likable characters at all - Rachel is such a mess that it's hard to feel bad for her as she screws up her life. The story is told is such a slow plodding fashion that your mind will wander to other things. Even if you didn't read the book, I suspect you will figure this out LONG before Rachel does. Which is why your mind will find other distractions. Some would find the gray atmosphere of Girl on the Train moody - we just found it dreary. And when the actual killer is revealed - that character goes into full Evil Villain mode, he or she all but twisting their evil mustache at full twirl. I would have LOVED another movie that rivaled the quality of Gone Girl. But The Girl on the Train doesn't even come close. Damn.

TLA one-word review: dreary