- Year of Release
- Crime, Drama
- 1 hr 40 min
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THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW MOVIE REVIEW
Written and reviewed for Keithlovesmovies by Julie
The Woman in the Window is based on the book of the same name written by A. J. Finn. I have not yet read the book, but I’d be keen to see exactly how different the movie adaptation is. Amy Adams features as the “woman in the window” Anna Fox, who has agoraphobia and cannot leave her house. This in itself makes Anna’s situation interesting, but things become even more hectic once Anna sees what she shouldn’t through her apartment window. The scenes are shot from Anna’s perspective, and even though she is agoraphobic, she is not socially inept. In fact, she knows how to deal with people a lot better than many as a psychologist that helps abused and traumatised children.
Once she meets and connects with her neighbour from across the street named Jane Russell, the film’s pacing falls in line with the unfolding events. As this film is primarily a thriller, you expect to be intrigued and hesitant all at once, which is certainly the way I felt. As we watch Anna go about her day, we come to the realisation she herself requires therapy for whatever it is that plagues her thoughts. Through glimpses of life going on outside her window, Anna passes the hours by focusing on anything other than herself, much to the unhappiness of her neighbours.
One thing I did enjoy is how the film is shot almost entirely in one building which is Anna’s house. The director did a great job of creating an almost claustrophobic feeling inside a rather large house. And this creates an environment where Anna should feel safe but doesn’t. Anna’s already fragile mind begins to play tricks on her – at least that’s what we are made to believe. You’ll be questioning Anna’s logic and her conviction to the truth every step of the way, which makes for excellent drama.
Amy Adams is fantastic as Anna Fox. She takes the character to dizzying heights and is every bit the agoraphobic and lonely woman she portrays. Gary Oldman is also impressive as the husband of Anna’s new friend, Jane Russell. He is very convincing and shares a scene with Amy Adams halfway through that makes you shudder. But it’s the son Ethan Russell that brings an element of stability into Anna’s world. She sees him as someone she can help and reach out to.
I wouldn’t call The Woman in the Window predictable, but some scenes annoyed me, mostly because they weren’t very believable. While Anna’s mental state is anything but a joke, how everyone she meets treats her is cringeworthy. Are we supposed to believe that even officers of the law wouldn’t be even-keeled enough to give Anna at least some benefit of the doubt? I thought detectives were trained to look at all sides, not just take someone at face value and assume that person is “crazy” and, therefore, not to be trusted.
The Woman in the Window doesn’t try to be something it’s not, but it features a lacklustre final act that will probably have some people rolling their eyes. This is a shame because I did expect something more engrossing or at least more exciting, and unfortunately, it’s neither of these things.
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