A few weeks ago I went to see the movie Girl on the Train. My friends and I were so excited to see it. Some of us had read the book and others had not. I read the book last year and absolutely loved it. It was a compelling story that keeps the reader interested. I finished the book in two days because I couldn’t put it down. However, when I saw the movie I had very mixed feelings about it.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, the story is about an alcoholic that rides the train too and from __ every day. She becomes fascinated with watching the people that lives in the houses she passes while on the train. The house she watches every day is on the same street as her ex husband and his new wife. She finds herself involved in their lives and ends up being a crucial witness to a crime involving the families but because she is an alcoholic she had trouble remembering the events.
After watching the movie, I was disappointed. I thought the book did a much better job portraying the events and her thought process in trying to recall what happened. I also liked my version of imagining the characters better than how they were played out in the film. My friends that did not read the book thought the movie was amazing. This made me think about how reading the book before affected my view of the film. I think that since the people that hadn’t read the book didn’t have the book to compare the movie too, they appreciated the movie more. I do think the movie was well done, I just preferred the book. I think it is important to recognize how reading a book before seeing a film can affect your attitude towards the film!
For more information on the book: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/books/the-girl-on-the-train-by-paula-hawkins.html?_r=0
For more information on the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3631112/