Sundays around here are generally for football. But. The Pats had a bye week and that left us with a free Sunday. In November. You know what that means?
Yes, my friends, movie season is here. The time to go the theater and see the movies that are likely to be nominated for an award. Kym sent me this list and I think it’s a good place to start. And that’s why, yesterday, Dale and I went to see The Girl on the Train.
It was good. Not great. But good. And here’s the thing (you know what I’m going to say, right?) The book was better. Way better. And Dale, who hadn’t read the book, was a little bit lost during some parts. It all came together during the last 3rd of the movie but it was a little messy getting to that point. Emily Blunt, though, was fantastic, and totally deserves an Oscar nomination.
After the movie we headed to a new-ish restaurant and had a drink (or two) and discussed the movie. It’s one of my favorite parts about going to the movies with Dale – that after part where we talk about what we watched and what we thought and what else we want to go see.
Movie season. It’s one of the things that helps me embrace shorter days and colder nights.
One of the few movies as good as the book was the Harry Potter series. Our imagination is so strong that a well written book will almost always draw out images more vivid and meaningful to us that I think someone else’s ideas can seldom compete. Those HP movies were so image packed they enriched the reading of later books for me. But time and money are seldom spent that lavishly in movies and so they leave things out. Why yes, I have thought about why I find movies disappointing.
Girl on the Train wasn’t my favorite book, but it’s good to know that at least the movie will make sense if I see it. I’m not much of a movie-goer, but there are several on that list that might even entice me to the theater. Looking forward to more of your reviews!
Hubby and I saw The Girl on the Train a few weeks ago. I read the book and did enjoy the movie. Some of the scenes felt a bit muddled but overall it was a worthwhile viewing. Hubby kept quietly whispering who he thought was the suspect and eventually guessed correctly. Emily Blunt was brilliant!
I am with Bonny in that the book was not my favorite, but I appreciate your candid review! Weekends, movies, and cocktails – I’d say we need a repeat and soon!
I didn’t like the book at all, so probably won’t see the movie. But I’m glad to hear that Emily Blunt was so good in it. I think she’s a good actress, and she also seems like a nice person.
Glad to hear your take on the movie as I saw it was not particularly well received. I enjoyed the book and will check out the movie at some point. The movies on that list…there’s some heavy stuff there!
I’ll enjoy hearing about the movies through you, Vicki and Kym. The only (possible Oscar) movie I’m likely to see this season is Moonlight. I really didn’t care one whit for the book GoT.
A relaxing afternoon at the movies sounds like a great idea. The Girl on the Train sounds like a good start!
I really tried to read Girl on the Train but had to give up. I didn’t like the book or the characters! I probably won’t see the movie (not much of a movie-goer myself), but I enjoyed your review and the link to the list.
I’m looking forward to a number of movies this season, and I’m glad they’ve begun showing up in theaters!
Lydia S says
I do love a good movie, and was wondering about this one. I really enjoyed the Light Between Oceans and thought it was pretty spot on with the book.
I am hoping to see Girl on a Train. I did enjoy the book but I have heard a lot of negative reviews. Thanks for the insight.
I haven’t seen this one yet — and I better hurry up or it’ll be out of the theatre before I have a chance. I LOVE Emily Blunt; but was pretty lukewarm about the book. (Maybe beer will help. . .)
The trailers for that one looked scary! Inferno is on my to-see list, and Fantastic Beasts. We have two theaters that have nice bars inside – so we get to enjoy wine/cocktails while we watch the movie. (now if only we could also have personal Pause buttons for bathroom breaks it would be better than watching at home 🙂