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This review contains plot details of “The Girl on the Train”
THE first thing that will strike British audiences watching “The Girl on the Train” is how huge the houses are. Rachel, the alcoholic protagonist of Paula Hawkins’s bestselling novel of the same name, has been uprooted from London to upstate New York. Here, instead of whizzing past rows of poky terraced houses en route to the big smoke each day, Rachel stares blurry-eyed at white-washed mansions that look more as if they belong on plantation land. Is this how the commuters of Manhattan really live? This life will certainly look idyllic to most ordinary British folk, whatever the personal tragedies of the inhabitants within.
Literary devotees on the east side of the Atlantic—who felt that drinking gin and tonic out of a can and spending time on trains staring gormlessly at over-exposed, tiny backyards were two distinctly British traits—need not be concerned. Other than location, the film is remarkably faithful to its source material. It is thrilling where the book is thrilling and flawed, too, in the same spots where the book fell short of its own…Continue reading