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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Movie Reviews

Review: Suburbicon (2017)

suburbicon-movie-review-2017I’ve actually managed to watch a couple of new movies this week, hurray! Ideally, I’d like to blog about all of them, but let’s take baby steps for now and talk about the one I watched most recently, which was Suburbicon. I’m an absolute sucker for a script by the Coen Brothers, but this latest one is actually directed by none other than George Clooney, so I wasn’t as sure. I’ve kept away from reviews where I could, but I did know Suburbicon wasn’t widely loved.

So what’s it about? Suburbicon is a once-peaceful community in the 1950’s where everything seems rosy and everyone gets along until a black family move in and a terrible crime is committed in the house behind them. In that house at the time was Gardner (Matt Damon), his Son Nicky (Noah Jupe), his Wife Rose (Julianne Moore) and his Sister in Law Margaret (also Julianne Moore). Tragically, Rose is killed as a result of the crime, and from there, things just keep getting worse for Gardner.

That’s all I really want to say about the plot because this is one of those movies that takes several twists and turns along the way, and that’s where most of the fun in watching it comes from. It’s not the best Coen movie out there, but I enjoyed it more than I think most did. You could probably argue that the tone was a bit all over the place, but that added to the quirkiness of it all for me.

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The best moment without a doubt is when Oscar Isaac turns up in a role I won’t say for spoiler purposes, but it’s the best 10 minutes of the entire movie. I promise I’m not just saying that because it’s him! Someone in Hollywood please give Oscar some bigger roles – he SO deserves them!

Whilst all this is going on, the upset caused by the black family moving in just keeps escalating until it reaches riot proportions, and this is the only thing I didn’t like as much about Suburbicon. What was the point in it all? I’m sure it connects somehow but it just felt a bit disjointed to me – the movie wouldn’t be lost without those scenes as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps someone can fill me in on what I’m clearly missing?

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Ultimately though, I was quite pleasantly surprised after not setting my hopes up too high. It’s certainly not up there with the likes of Fargo and The Big Lebowski, but I enjoyed it more than Hail Caesar! for sure. 4 out of 5 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from me – you probably shouldn’t eat them though.

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