The Woman in the Window is a recently released Netflix film starring Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, and Julianne Moore, among a few other big names. The film follows Anna (Adams), an agoraphobic woman who begins suspecting that something is wrong with her neighbors across the street. What ensues is an attempted thrilling tale of crime, murder, and family that never quite hits its mark.
The Woman in the Window is bogged down by endless twists and turns, along with red herrings that never lead anywhere. The film never really knows what it wants to be—is it the story of a grieving woman, riddled with guilt at the loss of her family? Or is it the story of a mentally unstable woman, convinced that she is seeing something that no one else can? Or is it the story of a woman who longs to help people, specifically younger people, but can never figure out how? The film is lost because director Joe Wright doesn’t know what story it is—perhaps it’s not meant to be any of these, and he was going for something entirely different that went over the audience’s heads.
There are plenty of moments in The Woman in the Window where the story feels as though it is coming to a (typically forced) conclusion. These moments are jarring, filled with twists and turns that don’t make sense to the overall story and that are merely thrown in for shock value and to keep the audience invested in something. But these twists never pay off, and they feel entirely forced. Twists are dropped into the story and then never mentioned again, such as a big reveal in the second half of the film. It never works, and never has the effect that it is meant to have on the audience, who are sitting desperately waiting for something to catch their attention.
An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
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