December 9, 2022
The Woman in the Window movie review


“The Woman in the Window”. Living in denial, the depressed, pill-popping child psychologist, Anna Fox, has holed herself up in her eerily vacant. Ill-lit Manhattan brownstone apartment for the past ten long months, separated from her husband and their eight-year-old daughter. While unsuccessfully grappling with agoraphobia and intense panic attacks; suddenly, the Russells move in across the street, and brimming with curiosity. Anna decides to distract attention away from her problems by peeking into the lives of the unsuspecting new tenants. Then, one night, tensions flare, a deadly kitchen knife gleams in the dim light; and before long, someone ends up dead. Has troubled Anna, indeed, witnessed a gruesome scene of blood-stained domestic violence; or is her wine-addled mind playing cruel tricks on her?

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Quick states

  • Rating: 5.7
  • Director: Joe Wright
  • Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Stars: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore
  • Writers: Tracy Letts
  • Certificate: R
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Release Date: 2021
  • AKA: The Woman in the Window
  • Filming Location: New York, USA
  • Runtime: 100 min

The Woman in the Window movie review

Everyone knows that the cinema industry all over the world is going through a difficult time. Therefore, many production companies postpone showing the films they produced in cinemas due to the lack of audiences. Which made them then turn to sell their films to electronic platforms such as HBO, Disney, Netflix, and others. And for days The movie, The Woman in the Window been released on the Netflix platform; it is mentioned that the movie has gone through all these stages and the audience has waited for it for long periods since it was among the films of the twenty fox century company. So in this article, we will review the movie The Woman in the Window; to see Is the movie worth watching and is it worth the audience waiting for it all this waiting or not?

The film revolves around a psychiatrist named Anna Fox who suffers from a mental illness called agoraphobia. And this disease makes her afraid and suspicious of open spaces. Therefore, makes her locks herself in the house and never goes out, and spends most of her time at home watching the neighbors from the window; and one day during Watching her neighbors, a murder happens before her eyes that turns her life upside down.

The film is based on the famous novel, The Woman in the Window, by A. Jane Fein.”; It is mentioned that the novel has achieved great success and has been translated into many languages of the world. So this success will be reflected and affect the film, but the most important point is whether this impact will be positive or negative on the success of the film?

The Woman in the Window trailer

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The answer is negative because most of the audience who read the novel before watching the movie did not like the movie and voted and gave the movie a low rating on most sites; Where it received a rating of 5.7 on IMDB so far. Therefore, caused a crisis for most of the audience who did not read the novel; their feeling of confusion and hesitation: Are they watching the movie or not after the negative reviews received?

The script of the film began in an ascending manner in its presentation of events and is suitable for introducing viewers to the character Dr. “Anna Fox”, played by “Amy Adams”, about her strange life that she lives in the house and how she deals with her illness, with a brief explanation of her past about the cause of her loneliness and agoraphobia Then the script begins to fall gradually. Coinciding with the appearance of the rest of the film’s characters that appear and disappear without any justification or explanation; for the reason for their appearance or disappearance during the events. So the defect was clear in the basic story building and linking the characters to each other.

I felt disbelief in more than one scene because the characters were drawn in a marginal manner devoid of details. Therefore, he did not explain to me the motives for the unexpected actions and decisions taken by the characters during the events.

The Woman in the Window directing

When I first learned that the movie was directed by the creator “Joe Wright”, who directed Us; before the movie Atonement and the movie pride and prejudice and the movie Darkest Hours. My expectations rose and I thought that it would present us with a new cinematic icon that we will always remember. But unfortunately, my expectation was not affected, due to the remarkable interest from Director “Joe Wright” to shoot scenes unconventionally from different angles and somewhat new to us, but it did not serve the scenario of the film or the course of events in general. I do not deny that the cinematography he presented in the film was very beautiful and joyful; the effort made to film more than The one-shot scene during the group dialogues was great, but all this effort was far from serving the audience events and feeding the basic idea.

In the film’s last half-hour, we see a strong acceleration of events to close the lines and finish the film quickly but weakly. As the film could have endured another half hour to convince us of this end, and there is also a crime scene and a chase concluded by the director; the film was filmed in a very primitive way that does not suit work makers.

The director is to make the film not boring and to ensure that it is followed up to the last scene. Throughout the film, the director was interested in only one puzzle, but it is very important, which is whether Anna Fox sees fact or fiction? Did the murder that you saw through the window actually happen or not? His interest in this particular detail reminded me strongly of the famous movie Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock

In conclusion

Amy Adams played the role of psychiatrist Anna Fox, who suffers from fear of open spaces in a very beautiful and wonderful way, and although the role is new to her and she has not been presented like it before, she has mastered the role professionally and deserves to be commended, as she appeared in all scenes of The Woman in the Window as being the only hero and was quoted We have many feelings, starting with her feeling of loneliness and fear of her loneliness, and with her attempt to treat and get rid of her loneliness, the monster she is afraid to meet, a phobia of open spaces, made us live her experience with her wonderful performance, but unfortunately, her performance alone was not enough to save the film.

The artist, Gary Oldman, appears recently in many films with small roles that are pivotal during the events, as he leaves a good imprint that the audience always remembers, and in the movie The Woman in the Window, his appearance was strong and distinctive and he has already provided everything he has in the character he presented.
The beautiful Julianne Moore appeared in only one scene, but it was the most important and enjoyable scene in the film, as it was a long dialogue scene full of mystery and black comedy between her and Amy Adams, in which she presented a strong and striking performance, and despite the small space of the role, I expect her to be nominated for many awards.

A psychological thriller and horror movie that does not contain boredom, despite its high potential from a distinguished director and a wonderful acting performance, but unfortunately it was presented in a less than average way. The Woman in the Window is available on Netflix and suitable for family viewing.

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