THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (2021) Reviews of thriller now on Netflix

 

‘Seeing is believing’

The Woman in the Window is a 2021 American thriller film about an agoraphobic woman in New York who suspects her new neighbour of murder.

Directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay written by Tracy Letts, based on the novel of the same name by A.J. Finn, the movie stars Amy Adams, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Julianne Moore.

Plot:

When the Russell family moves into the house across the way, they appear to be the perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and shocking secrets are laid bare.

Forced to prove what she saw actually happened, everyone begins to question if what occurred was real or imagined. Is it paranoia or did it happen?

Amy Adams as Anna Fox

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“The set-up presented by Letts is tempting, and Wright releases some wiggles with more excitable cinematography as panic sets in. It’s the resolution of the story that’s hugely disappointing, with the screenplay following Finn’s plotting, which may have worked on the page, but comes off as semi-ludicrous in the feature, though a little extreme violence in the final act does have some wonderful shock value.” Blu-ray.com

“Personally, I think the movie is worth watching for the actors and the interesting plot. You’ll probably guess many plot twists before they’re revealed, but it doesn’t take anything away from the eerie and creepy style that works from beginning to end.” Heaven of Horror

“Only Julianne Moore in a brief role impresses. Her character is so tricky and convincing that you actually feel something more is left for us to understand. The foreshadowing that Wright brings to The Woman in the Window is truly unimpressive. With pedestrian turns – including a B-movie cop-out, fail to uplift this substandard material to anything particularly interesting.” High on Film

” …Wright pivots into full-blown slasher movie territory, with an over-the-top climax that registers as more goofy than gratifying. Had the entirety of The Woman in the Window leaned more toward camp, the final 15 minutes might have actually worked, but the self-serious nature of the film only makes the ending that much more flummoxing.” The Lamplight Review

“It’s a game of cat and mouse without the mouse, and by the time all the dominoes land in place, The Woman in the Window has dug itself into a void that’ll have viewers asking why they chose to press play in the first place. Nothing is shocking or revelatory and cramming exactly 19 characters into one 100-minute package equipped with a few nifty callbacks to Rear Window isn’t anyone’s ideal Saturday night.” The Only Critic

“Ultimately, The Woman in the Window offers a lot of build-up, a lot of possibility. But the revelation of what’s truly going on here is anticlimactic—the equivalent of closing the curtains and turning away from the window with a disappointed sigh.” RogerEbert.com

“While there are some enjoyable moments and the actors are trying hard (and at least seem to enjoy working together), The Woman in the Window ends up something like a meal that you pick at a bit, but you end up hungry an hour later. While there’s nothing inherently wrong for opting for style over substance, when even the style lacks a certain depth, it ends up little more than a reasonably packaged, empty shell.” Screen Anarchy

The Woman in the Window is so silly and broad that it begins to border on camp, and I have a feeling this could become the type of cheesy dreck that people get a hoot out of if they follow Anna’s lead and down one or two or ten bottles of wine. By the time the film climaxes with multiple predictable but utterly preposterous twists, you’ll probably be reaching for a bottle yourself.” Slash Film

Release:

The Woman in the Window was originally scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019, by 20th Century Fox, but on July 9, 2019, it was delayed to 2020 as Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures re-edited the film after test screenings. It was scheduled to be released on May 15, 2020.

On March 17, 2020, the film was removed from the release calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with an intent to reschedule it later in 2020.

On August 3, 2020, it was announced Netflix was in final talks to acquire the distribution rights to the film from 20th Century Studios. The film will be streamed on Nextflix on May 14th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Amy Adams … Anna Fox
Anthony Mackie … Ed Fox
Fred Hechinger … Ethan
Wyatt Russell … David
Gary Oldman … Alistair Russell
Brian Tyree Henry … Little
Julianne Moore … Jane
Jeanine Serralles … Norelli
Mariah Bozeman … Olivia
Liza Colón-Zayas … Bina
Anna Cameron … Alex
Ben Davis … Steve (voice)
Rand Guerrero … McNamara
Amanda Rabinowitz … Friend
Jennifer Jason Leigh … Jane Russell

Technical details:

101 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

Production:

Principal photography began on August 6, 2018, in New York City. Filming wrapped on October 30, 2018. Test screenings revealed a negative audience reaction to the finale so reshoots were undertaken for a planned 2019 release.

Fun facts:

Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) were originally hired to score the film. After the film’s release was delayed and the film went back into production, it was announced that they had been replaced by Danny Elfman.

Trailer:

MOVIES and MANIA comment and rating:

[May contain spoilers] The Woman in the Window begins as a self-aware take on Rear Window and the decent cast seem to be having a ball. Then, around the hour mark, the film descends into contrivances and silliness that turn it into a camp fest. But it’s a stylish camp fest and devotees of overwrought cinema might enjoy the mayhem that ensues. Well, until a somewhat flat ending.