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


Neighbors (2014)

Frats are overrated anyway! The movie starts with Mac (Seth Rogen) and his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne). They seem to have the perfect life. They have a newborn baby and a brand new house that they bought in a great neighborhood. That all changes when the people who buy the house next door are a fraternity. Anyone who knows about frats knows that they consist of loud parties and obnoxious people. You wouldn’t exactly call it the type of environment to raise your child next to. Once Mac and Kelly realize that a fraternity is next door, they try to act all cool and hip to the president of the frat, Teddy (Zac Efron). They ask Teddy very nicely if he could make sure everything isn’t very loud all the time. They both thought that Teddy was on board with this, but after a few times of trying to call him, Kelly and Mac decided they need to call the cops and let them handle it. Teddy and the rest of the fraternity feel betrayed by Mac and Kelly and now we have a war between Mac and Kelly and the entire fraternity.

Neighbors is a movie that will make you laugh throughout. I thought Rogen and Byrne were absolutely hysterical as the “old” next door neighbors. These two made a very funny pair. This movie was an hour and a half long. It certainly didn’t seem like that. This movie goes by so quick because of how funny it is and how hard you are laughing. Sure, this is a movie that will keep you entertained and laughing throughout, but there is so much more to the plot. There is a message behind it that makes this movie great. The message is to teach the members of the frat, that college life is great and all, but one day the party has to stop at some point.

The other actors were very fun, energetic, and funny. I am not a fan of Zac Efron, like at all! This was something that made me shocked. His performance in this not only made me laugh, but I think this is going to open up doors for him with funny acting roles. He is normally in these stupid, God- awful movies. He shocks us all with his role as the president of the fraternity. His partner in the movie, Pete (Dave Franco) is also very funny and gives us a lot of scenes to laugh at with a certain trick he is able to do.

Neighbors is the type of movie that if you want to sit down one day and watch something that is going to just make you laugh, then this is the one for you. An all round funny movie that keeps you entertained and very amused throughout the whole course of the movie. A job well done by director, Nicholas Stoller.

Overall, Neighbors is a typical Seth Rogen movie. If you are a fan of the movies he is in then you’ll love this one. Neighbors is hysterical, enjoyable, and a lot of fun. I definitely recommend giving this one a look.

Grade= B+ (Very good!)