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


The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (2014)

Here’s the last movie of a good series that you might want to check out. Immediately after the second movie ended, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) breaks out of the castle he is in and is now free. He is killed shortly after that. Thorin (Richard Armitage) decides he needs to go and take back his throne. This does not make Thranduil (Lee Pace) very happy. Thranduil decides to go to war against Thorin. Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the rest of the crew need to also help fight. Thorin and Bilbo’s crew could definitely lose this war. The Orc’s now step up and get involved, leaving a lot of chaos and making this war very hard to be won. Bilbo who still has the ring, wants to just keep it safe and get back home with it.

First off, I don’t think there should have been three Hobbit movies. They could have been just one long movie. I thought the first one was pretty bad, but the second and third were very good. Peter Jackson should have gone about this differently, but I still did enjoy the anticipation for the second and third movie to come out. I was very entertained by this movie and was never bored. I do wish Smaug wasn’t killed off so fast because I love Benedict Cumberbatch. I think that dude is awesome.

This movie may have been the best in the series. I thought it was completely action-packed and never made you bored. It was definitely a nice ending to the series. This movie was just a lot of fun and very exciting. It is a very good movie watching experience and I am kind of sad the series is over. It is hard to believe that Peter Jackson made a 300 page book into about eight hours of movie time. He did, however, give us a movie that keeps you entertained throughout the whole time you are watching it.

The only real problem I have with these movies are that The Lord Of The Rings trilogy were so much better and it’s not even close. I thought that making the Hobbit series would be a whole other Lord Of The Rings. Sadly, this did not happen. I really enjoyed this movie, but the outcome was not nearly as satisfying as Lord Of The Rings. There is absolutely no comparison between the two series at all. As much as I enjoyed this movie and the second movie, I just can’t bring myself to thinking this series was better than Lord Of The Rings. 

Overall, The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies was a movie that is completely action-packed and was a very fun and enjoyable watching experience. This was definitely the best movie from the series and I definitely recommend giving this one a look.

Grade= B+ (Very Good!)