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: Table 19 (2017)

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Can we at least agree this is one of the most beautiful movie posters ever?

Last year was all about weddings for me. I had my own, and then I was a bridesmaid for 2 of my bridesmaids! 4 weddings in one year where you’re organising 1 yourself and you’re a big part of another 2 is exhausting, and now I have no weddings to go to this year. It’s kind of a relief, and kind of sad too, so I’ve been really looking forward to watching Table 19 and just sitting back, to enjoy the festivities.

Table 1 obviously hosts the Bride, Groom and parents, and the level of importance carries on right down the line to the very last table, in this case, 19. This is the table of ‘people who should have known to RSVP no’. We have the Best Man’s ex-girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), the Bride’s childhood nanny (June Squibb), someone’s odd cousin (Stephen Merchant), the son of a friend who’s mother is trying to get him laid (Tony Revolori) and a married couple from work who aren’t important enough for the work table (Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson).

If you’ve heard of this movie, you might have heard about the luke-warm reviews it’s been getting. I tried not to read too much in case it clouded my judgement but let me tell you, I actually kind of loved it. I’m biased because I have a huge lady boner for Anna Kendrick, but there’s so much more to this story than meets the eye. It looks like a simple enough plot, the table of losers realise they’re losers and find a way to have fun despite the fact – right?

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Well yes, but for a movie with such a small run time we really get inside each of these characters lives. There’s a huge plot line completely hidden in the trailer that I juuust worked out before the reveal, which adds a huge dramatic element to the whole thing. I’ll save the surprise for you to see for yourself.

It’s funny, in quite a dark way. Whereas a lot of movies struggle to find a balance between comedy and drama, I think Table 19 nailed it. Something will happen that will have you laughing out loud, and it’ll be followed so quickly by something serious that it completely throws you off balance. In fact, I was still laughing at parts despite the darkness. It’s overwhelming, and perhaps that contributes to the negative reviews, but I thought it fit the mood perfectly. That sounds contradicting I know, but in some movies you’ll have one hilarious scene, and 20 minutes later a serious, pull on your heart strings kind of scene, and it’s confusing. Table 19 fuses the two together.

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This joke about the jacket never got old. I’m laughing just thinking about it!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a perfect movie. It feels quite long despite its run time, there are a few loose ends here and there, and I feel like everyone¬†got some closure with their issues apart from Stephen Merchant’s character. It’s quite over-dramatic and cheesy in places, but the whole movie is like that, so although those scenes don’t feel out of place in the grand scheme of things, if that kind of drama level is a turn off for you then you’re going to hate the whole thing.

Oh and one more thing – with my wedding organising hat still on – who was in charge of the running of the day here?! Sitting everyone down for their meal, having a band play, the married couple’s first dance, then sitting again? WHERE IS THE FOOD YOU GUYS.

All in all, I’d recommend that you ignore a lot of reviews (heck, even this one if you like) and see it for yourself. Who knows, you might even enjoy it! Table 19 gets 4 out of 5 wedding cakes from me, and I realise this is the second time this week I’ve rated movies out of cake, but I’m pregnant and I just really like cake, okay?

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