The Girl On The Train (2016)

Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) rides on the train all day long to New York City and back. Rachel has a lot of time on her hands and she likes to spend all of her time pretty much just drinking herself to the point where she blacks out. While on the train she loves to stare at a couple, Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans), outside the train window. Things start to get crazy when Rachel see’s Megan one day with another man who isn’t her husband. To make matters worse, Megan goes missing and it looks like Rachel may be the main suspect. Why is that? Well, because Rachel’s ex-husband Tom (Justin Theroux) and his new wife live two doors down from Megan and Scott. Rachel constantly shows up drunk all the time and is extremely forgetful, so it’s easy for everybody to kind of point the finger.

When first hearing about this movie it seemed like it was going to be really cool and be an exciting thriller. Sadly, The Girl On The Train tries everything in its power to live up to the hype that 2014’s Gone Girl had. The problem with this movie is that it tried too hard to be the thriller that it was made out to be. The Girl On The Train was pretty much a disaster in my opinion. I thought the story just got way too goofy and it never really went anywhere. For most of the movie we are just seeing Rachel feel sorry for herself and make herself out to be an awful, drunken person. This movie just seemed way too desperate to actually be a solid film. For a majority of the film you pretty much just feel bored and check your watch, which is never a good thing.

The cast is actually really solid. I’ve always been a fan of the work that Emily Blunt does, but the problem here is that she should have not done this movie. Blunt was on-screen for pretty much 95 percent of the movie, but her character just became boring and nothing more. And she’s not the only one that’s the problem here. Actors like Luke Evans were even pretty bad in this. I think that’s another reason why this movie could not be saved. When hearing a movie has a solid cast I usually get very excited, like I was when I found out who was in this. The problem is that nobody could work well together and the chemistry was just not there with any of them. This is one that Blunt is going to have to put behind her career wise and move on to better things.

The whole entire time you’re watching this film and just waiting to see when something exciting is going to happen, but that moment never comes. Once you figure out the “crazy” twist that occurs, you kind of look around and say that was stupid. I thought for a while maybe if the film finished strongly then it could be a solid movie, but sadly this did not happen and we’re left with pretty much another crappy movie. Everything about this is way too dull. For a movie that comes off as such a strong thriller, there has to be some either suspenseful moments or moments that are super tense. The Girl On The Train provides none of that. This movie had a ton of promise, but fell very short of being anything that could even be memorable. This the problem when a movie tries to somewhat play copycat off a classic, like Gone Girl.

Overall, The Girl On The Train is not just a disaster from start to finish, but more importantly a waste of your time. Movies like this are one’s to avoid, and even with a solid cast this movie could not be saved. It has poor writing, directing and a storyline that never knows how to come together. This is easily one you can skip.

Grade: D

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Spy (2015)

CIA analyst, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is always behind the scenes helping out big time agent, Bradley Fine (Jude Law). Something bad happens to Bradley and now it is time for Susan to have her shot in the field and show the CIA what she is really made of. Susan is given a very tough task and that is to stop a big time Bulgarian crime lord by the name of Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). Boyanov is notorious for selling nuclear weapons and the CIA is really trying to stop her. Cooper is not exactly the best agent and her cover is often blown because fo dumb mistakes that she makes and also because of another agent who wants to take matters into his own hands. His name is Rick Ford (Jason Statham) and he and Cooper don’t exactly see eye to eye. Cooper starts to realize that in order for hr to successfully complete the mission, she really needs to keep Ford away from everything. Cooper now has to really start getting her hands dirty in order to complete the mission.

Alright, it looks like Melissa McCarthy hasn’t lost it at all. I thought for a short while McCarthy was starting to lose her great humor a bit because ti seemed lie she was always taking on the same role. I think trying something different with St. Vincent really opened her up to try different roles. Spy is definitely one of the better comedies that I have seen on 2015 thus far. When I finished watching this movie, I thought to myself that this movie was a really good comedy that had me a laughing a lot. I do not think it was stupid by any means and I really enjoyed this one. I think that humor that they aimed for in this movie worked out perfectly and the audience could not stop laughing.

The acting we see in this movie is pretty much as good as you are going to get with a comedy film. As I said earlier, Melissa McCarthy finally found her place in films like this and she steals it. We even see an outrageously funny performance from Jason Statham. Who ever knew that guy could be funny? I like to just picture him as the former Transporter just kicking all kinds of different ass. I think this was a very smart comedy because ti really made you think about what was really going on and what was really happening with this movie. I even thought it touched on some character development with Melissa McCarthy’s role.

Spy is just the type of movie that is just a nice and fun comedy that most people can enjoy. I wouldn’t take children o see it, but there is definitely a huge audience that will really enjoy this film. A lot fo the humour in this movie had me cracking up. I was really worried about this one because I did not think it looked all that entertaining, but I was absolutely wrong. This movie was an absolute riot and I think that you should definitely go check this one out.

Overall, Spy is a very funny comedy that can be enjoyed by a lot fo people. If you are a fan of Melissa McCarthy, then this is one you have to check out.

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)

The Duff (2015)

We meet Bianca (Mae Whitman), who is a very smart and interesting high school girl who finds out some news that is shocking to her. Bianca finds out that she is the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) out of her friend group. Bianca is a girl who is into a lot of stuff that you wouldn’t think girls were interested in. She loves horror movies and zombie related things. Everyone is always asking her about her prettier friends and no one ever take notice to her. After finding out that she is now a DUFF, Bianca wants to try to reinvent herself to the world. She seeks the help from her next door neighbor, Wesley (Robbie Amell). Wesley is a football playing jock at school so Bianca thinks he is the perfect person to help her with this. In order for her to become someone who is not noticed as a DUFF, this is what she must do.

First off, The Duff reminds you very much of Mean Girls. Yes, it’s that kind of movie where there is a lot of high school drama and the occasional laugh. I thought this movie was as good as it possibly could be. After reading the premise, how could you think this would be a terrific movie? This movie gave the audience some laugh’s and heartfelt scene’s. This is just another typical teen comedy movie. Mae Whitman gave a good performance as Bianca. She fit the part perfectly. She held this movie together throughout the entire film. That is why I liked it a little more than I thought. She was absolutely the first part. The rest of the characters were completely ridiculous and just not interesting.

I think that this movie has a funny premise, but it was very childish. I did not go into this with high expectations for obvious reasons, but I do think The Duff was fairly entertaining in a way. This movie did not strike me for something that I would watch again. It seemed like the director, Ari Sandel got completely stuck on what to do with this movie. I couldn’t figure out if this was supposed to be a straight up comedy or a serious and heartfelt film. I would say that it was definitely more of a comedy then a drama.

If you have seen Mean Girls, you have seen a much better version of The Duff. This movie was one that just left me more disappointed than excited. I wouldn’t say that this movie is a complete disaster because even though the whole idea of this movie is pretty ridiculous and over-the-top. This is not a movie I would ever really recommend, but if you want to give it a look, then go for it.

Overall, The Duff is a film that is funny, goofy, and even has an occasional heartfelt scene. This is definitely a film that doesn’t know which direction to go towards and I think it was a much goofier version of Mean Girls.

Grade= C (Okay)