Hop on board this fem-power masterpiece
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (M18)
Thriller / 113 minutes / Opens today
Based on the best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins. Every day, divorcee Rachel (Emily Blunt) takes the train to New York and stares wistfully at her old house, occupied by her ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife Anna (Rebecca Ferguson).
She begins to observe the couple living a few houses away from them, Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), who appear to have the perfect life.
But when Rachel sees something shocking at the Hipwell house one day, she is drawn into a mystery entangling all their lives.
THE Girl On The Train is this year's Gone Girl.
It's whip-smart, gorgeously shot, and the mystery twists and turns magnificently.
The movie did draw flak from book fans who thought Blunt was too hot to play Rachel, who is dumpy and frumpy in the original novel. But Blunt is so stunning here, I fully expect book fans to fall in love with her. I know I did.
I could relate to every one of the female characters, from the depressed Rachel to the free-spirited Megan to the yummy mummy Anna. There is something in their lives I think every woman can understand - pain, loss, longing, love.
So many movies reduce women to supporting characters or stereotypes: The Wife, The Mother.
Here, the women rule.
They drive the plot and demand to be seen and understood in all their complexity.
As a new mum myself, I saw the film as being about babies and the women who have them, can't have them, and can't wait to get away from them.
Don't let that deter you, though, because there is plenty to enjoy about The Girl On The Train even if you don't give two hoots about kids.
Evans and Theroux are deliciously sexy, and we can understand if the women flock to them like tai tais to a sale.
To me, this radically feminist thriller is nothing short of a masterpiece.
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