Movie Reviews

The Woman in the Window (2021)

the-woman-in-the-window-poster-movieDirector: Joe Wright

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Runtime: 100 Minutes

Main Cast: Amy Adams, Fred Hechinger, Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jeanine Serralles, Anthony Mackie, Maria Bozeman

Plot: Anna (Amy Adams) lives alone in her New York home as she suffers terribly from agoraphobia, rendering her unable to go outside. Whilst spying on her neighbours she witnesses an awful act of violence, but not everything is as it seems.

My Thoughts: Well, I suppose if there’s one thing to learn from this movie, and it’s don’t name your movie by describing where the female character is! The majority hated The Girl on the Train (2016) and they don’t seem thrilled by The Woman in the Window, either. General consensus seems to be that the books they are based on are incredible, but not the movies. Truth be told, I enjoyed both! I’m a sucker for a bit of mystery, and I guess for Amy Adams too. I’d definitely recommend giving it a watch and making your own mind up.

It’s taken the Hitchcock classic Rear Window (1954), made it more modern and thrown in the confusion of having an unreliable narrator. I only need two things from a movie like this, for it to be engaging enough to keep me interested throughout, and to have a killer twist that I didn’t see coming. And this is why I like it – it did both! If you’ve read the book but hated the movie then I get it, if things have been changed and characters weren’t portrayed right, that’s fair enough. I’d be interested to know how similar the endings were, as that was the only part I wasn’t a fan of.

In fact, I’ve read the boo can you let me know in the comments? Because I’ve got a million questions! Is the ending the same? Does Anna have a tenant in the book? Were there any characters missing/added? Of course, I could just read the book for myself. I guess at the end of the day what I’m trying to say is I either have a terrible taste in Amy Adams movies, or you should take the negative reviews with a pinch of salt.

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Best Bit: It amuses me no end to see actors appear in a movie from a TV show that I’ve watched recently, so you can imagine my glee when both Wyatt Russell and Anthony Mackie showed up in this after I recently finished watching Falcon and the Winter Soldier!

Worst Bit: I won’t elaborate for obvious reasons, but I wasn’t a fan of the ending. Not so much what actually happened, but just how it did. It felt a bit cheap and more like something I’d find in a horror movie released in January, you know?

Fun Trivia: As this movie does share quite a number of plot elements of Rear Window (1954), as well as contain many Hitchcock-inspired film gimmicks, the director winks at the audience at the beginning of the film by a slow pan past a monitor displaying several frames of Raymond Burr choking Jimmy Stewart from Rear Window (1954).

My Rating: 4 out of 5 bits of post that, if aren’t addressed to you, you should not open!

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9 thoughts on “The Woman in the Window (2021)

  1. I don’t know if I want to see it as I haven’t really enjoyed anything Joe Wright has done since Hanna and I heard there was a good movie somewhere but it got changed following a poorly-received test screening which lead to re-writes and re-shoots. There was a score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of NIN that either got scrapped or pulled out in favor of something more conventional. I love Amy Adams and the cast in this film but I don’t think I’ll see this. Looks generic.

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  2. I read the book last year so I don’t remember everything but the ending is the same, the characters are pretty much the same (some are missing) and the tenant is right out of the book. However, the way the characters are portrayed on screen is awful. I really hated the acting as it looks like they are being sarcastic all the time and with that twist at the end, in order to be effective, the kid needs to be portrayed in a positive way but the way the actor played him gives that sicko vibe and I immediately remembered he was the killer (yes, I had forgotten about the twist in the book). But that’s not the only reason it didn’t work for me. It was the way the murder was staged, the score that made it feel even more fake, and the terrible pacing. I felt so sorry for Amy after watching it because she deserves so much better. And the novel, although it’s not perfect and the writer is quite a problematic man, deserved a better adaptation. I’m glad it worked better for you though.

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