Based on the best selling novel, the industry was stunned when Emily Blunt got a SAG Award nomination for ‘The Girl on the Train.’ The question is, is it better than some of the other ‘high profile’ performances that will likely get an Oscar nom in the morning?
‘Better’ is relative obviously, but as far as popcorn movies go, it’s not a bad lead performance. The story (in short) is a woman (Blunt) prone to blackout binge drinking rides the train everyday past her old home. Her husband still lives there with his second wife and their baby. When their nanny turns up dead, all hell breaks loose.
The story is a little soapy for my taste, but the cast is solid and is filled with enough likable actresses in supporting roles (Alison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Haley Bennett continuing to make us double take and ask, wait is that Jennifer Lawrence?)
Again, it’s not a prestige pic, but it’s exactly what you think it is, like most popcorn pics.