The Girl On The Train: 11 Differences Between The Book And The Movie | IndieWireSpoiler alert! The Girl on the Train , the much-hyped but potentially disappointing adaptation of Paula Hawkins' best-selling book arrives in theaters this weekend, and it veers on several important points from its source material. From accents to major additional characters, we break down the five biggest things the Tate Taylor-directed film changed from the book. The houses are all exactly the same a commentary on suburbia that also messes with Rachel's mental state. Rachel is never portrayed particularly sympathetically in the book, despite being one of three first-person narrators, but she never goes as far as recording herself describing how she would murder someone. The pair go into the bathroom cursing Anna's name and attempt to take a selfie, but Rachel leaves the camera on as her drunken ranting becomes harsher and more violent.
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For instance, instead of taking place in the drab suburbs of London, the film takes place in the slightly glossier suburbs of New York City — a decision that was made for thematic as well as financial reasons. But, as in every screen adaptation, the movie also departs from the narrative tracks laid down by the original in countless other subtle ways. Well, not countless ways. Spoilers for The Girl on the Train below! Movie: Rachel is a sad and lonely alcoholic who drinks vodka out of a water bottle. Movie: Cathy is played by Laura Prepon, which automatically makes her 30 percent cooler.
Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Get off at this stop if you want to avoid the surprises. Millions of copies were sold of the psychological thriller, riding closely and furiously on the wave of another successful whodunnit "girl" book, Gone Girl. It was only a matter of time before it made its way to the big screen, bringing a very complicated narrative style to life.
2. Rachel seems capable of murder in an added scene
The same night that Rachel stumbles off the train to drunkenly confront her ex, the wife goes missing, leading Rachel to question her possible involvement. You have been warned. - In , that book even had train in the title, and keeping up with this girl was a journey nobody wanted to miss. And then came the film ….
Kate Erbland. The thriller unfolds in various compelling ways — playing with both timeline and narrator with ease and smarts — but its basic plotline follows alcoholic Rachel Watson after she discovers that a woman who she sees every day from her morning train commute has gone missing. When Megan goes missing, Rachel plunges into a haphazard investigation that only takes her deeper into her own dark past. Here are the most important ones, from a location switcheroo to a jawdropping new scene to some clever takes on casting. The transition, however, is a relatively smooth one. Instead of Rachel riding the rail into London every morning, eyeing up both the Hipwell home and the house a few doors down that used to belong to her and is now occupied by her ex-husband and his new family , she now takes the Metro North down into Grand Central Station and her non-existent job in New York City. The film does still nod to its British roots, though, as London-born Blunt uses her own accent in the film the Swedish Ferguson, however, is saddled with an American inflection.