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FLY Review: Emily Blunt Delivers Captivating Performance in ‘The Girl On The Train’

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The film adaptation of Paula Hawkins best-selling novel “The Girl on the Train,” delivers a portrayal that stays true to the core essence of the psychological thriller. Starring Emily Blunt, her performance as the unhinged alcoholic Rachel shines throughout the film, as we witness her cope with her inability to have a child and divorce from Tom (Justin Theroux); now remarried and with a new baby.

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Spiraling further out of control, she loses her job at a PR firm in New York City yet continues commuting on the train everyday as if heading into work. While riding the train; which passes right by the house she once shared with her ex-husband, she catches glimpses of Tom and his new family further fueling her obsession with his new life. On her commute Rachel also eyes couple Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans), who she believes are the embodiment of true love and living the ideal life.

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One day while riding the train Rachel spots Megan on the deck kissing a man who isn’t her husband. This shatters her fragile mental state even more and leads her on a terrible bender. The next morning Rachel awakens bloodied and beaten with no memory of the previous night. That morning she learns Megan who is later found murdered, has gone missing. With no recollection of her actions during her drunken stupor could she have done something to Megan? Determined to get to the bottom of it, Rachel injects herself deep into the investigation to uncover whether or not she’s capable of carrying out such a heinous crime.

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Directed Tate TaylorThe Girl On The Train is cinematic murder mystery that will keep audiences unfamiliar with the book guessing to the very end. The film does a great job of building the suspense as we are unapologetically exposed to the lives of these multidimensional characters especially Rachel and Megan. Fans of the novel will appreciate Taylor’s ability to translate its key messages while adding touches that improve the big screen adaptation.

4 out of 5

The Girl On The Train hits theaters this Friday October 7. In the meantime check out the trailer for this moody thriller below.

PHOTO: DreamWorks Pictures

 

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[SFPL Exclusive Interview] SFPL Interviews Rebecca Ferguson

British sensation, Rebecca Ferguson is fast becoming the next great voice to catapult from across the pound. You know we keep it fresh over here at SFPL, so it’s only fitting that we grabbed the songstress for an exclusive Q&A.

The British beauty chatted with us about her dreams,  her new fame and her future goals, check it out …

How does it feel to look around and see your dreams come into fruition?

Strange – I still find it hard to believe. I am very grateful. It took me a long time but I got there in the end.

 

It seems as if every writer wants to eventually take a chance at “stardom.” What makes you different from the rest?

I’m not in it for the stardom. I write music and have been given a gift. The fame is not an attraction for me.

 

When did your love for music start?

Ever since my earliest memory. I don’t remember a time when I never loved music.

 

Who were some of your musical inspirations growing up as a child? Who are some current artists you gain inspiration from?

As a child I just adored Whitney and Cher. I just wanted to grow up and be them! Currently I really like Sia, Paloma Faith and Lana del Ray.

 

Who are the Top 3 artists and/or writers you aspire to work with?

I aspire to work with Tracy Chapman, Kings of Leon and Aretha Franklin.

 

What does the term “Fly” mean to you?

For me, it means cool, confident and knows who they are.

 

How would you describe your personal style?

My personal style is classic. I take inspiration from the likes of Audrey Hepburn.

 

What are your Top Fashion Must Haves?

A good bag and a killer heel. 🙂

 

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Who knows what the future holds. I just hope I can continue to do what I love.

 

What does a regular day for Rebecca, now, consist of?

A regular day consists of waking up early, getting picked up, the usual interviews, meetings and performances. It sounds a lot more glam than it actually is.

 

A lot of people do this solely for the fame and fortune. Why are you here?

I do it because I love music and creating a lifestyle for my children that I never had.

 

Lastly, is there anything you would like to leave our readers with?

I love you ‘Lil Angels.’

-Stay Fly!