The Girl on the Train.

I really enjoyed this book so the idea of the film made me nervous. Everyone knows the book is always better, right? But I decided to take a punt and watch it anyway.

Emily Blunt stars as Rachel Watson, an unemployed alcoholic with a penchant for drunk-dialing her ex husband, Tom. Their marriage ended when Rachel found out about Tom’s affair with their real estate agent, Anna, whom he subsequently married. Rachel believes her drinking was a primary reason for their divorce- a problem that emerged when she was unable to conceive. Her drinking induced blackouts in which, Tom told her, she behaved appallingly. Rachel’s guilt and self-loathing is evident as she obsesses over her failed marriage. She can’t seem to let go.

rachel the girl on the train

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Yes, I’m kicking this series off with a movie from 2004 because I’m kinda old, okay?!

It’s not perfect by any means but one that I found was a really good conversation starter with my own teenagers, because it’s supposed to be about girls close to their own age. (We won’t go in to how old the actors actually were at the time!)

plastics

The issues of groups and cliques in high school, the potential bullying, the image-consciousness and the popularity contests are just some of the issues that our girls are facing. It might be an over-the-top representation but it’s still a good way to raise these issues and compare to see what they are going through. If you haven’t seen it (you have only had 12 years) then maybe you should!

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New Series: Feminist Film Friday!

Each Friday (okay, most Fridays!), I’ll be aiming to share a new post about a cool movie with a feminist bent. I’ll start this from next week. I’m going to be using a couple of methods to decide if a movie will make my feminist film list.

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Normally, I’m an intensely loyal person but lately, I’ve been… straying. I decided to indulge in something I’d been curious about for a while.

I’m not sure exactly why, but I guess it was after I saw a friend was doing it- my curiosity got the better of me. I couldn’t help but think about it. They do say variety is the spice of life but I’d resolutely ignored that in this area. As I said, I’m normally super loyal. So when I first thought about it,  it seemed wrong and somehow excessive. Does anyone need that much excitement and diversion in their life? I wondered how my friend even found the time.

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