The Woman in the Window disappoints with a lacklustre plot twist.
This post for The Woman in the Window is spoiler-free.
Delayed multiple times since 2019, The Woman in the Window (2021, directed by Joe Wright) is based on the novel of the same name by author A. J. Finn aka Daniel Mallory, and follows an agoraphobic child psychologist Anna Fox (Amy Adams) who claims she witnessed her neighbour (Julianne Moore) being murdered from her window.
The Woman in the Window can feel like an invasion of privacy, as Anna who has locked herself at home for 10 months spends most of her time drinking wine or spying at her neighbours. The film takes on Anna’s point of view to tell its story and much of the film revolves around her being a damsel in distress and troubling her tenant David Winter (Wyatt Russell) for help. The film was also confusing at one point when certain revelations about the character’s life was revealed to conveniently adjust to the movie’s plot.
Despite being particularly excited to watch this film, as Gone Girl-esque movies with a twisted ending are what interests me—The Woman in the Window failed to live up to my expectations with its lacklustre plot twist at the end. Its Alfred Hitchcock-inspired camera work and intense background music did, however, impress me. Also, Anthony Mackie and Wyatt Russell in the same film together pre-The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? That was a nice surprise.
The decision to put The Woman in the Window on Netflix was probably a good one, as I would foresee it doing terribly in theatres especially during the pandemic.