The Woman in the Window
Life is like a piece of paper, if you put a little bit of pressure it starts to crumble and makes a permanent scar on our soul. Just like that imagine after certain tragedy or traumatic experience you feel yourself confined in your house, it’s not like you don’t want to go outside of the wall of your house but you just can’t. If you go outside of your “safe zone”, your mind enters a panic state where you feel like same thing will happen again or someone’s watching you, you will be embarrassed, self conscious and most importantly you will feel like falling into pieces. Anna Fox is also suffering from these situation, main character of “The Woman in the window”, a suspenseful housebound thriller movie directed by Joe Wright, latest adaption of A. J. Finn’s novel with the same name.
Screenplay & Storyline
The story revolves around a Child psychologist Anna Fox played by Amy Adams, who is currently going through the medication of agoraphobia. As she can’t step outside of her big home, like a ritual through her camera she snoops on her neighbors tries to understand what’s happening in their life. Anna confines herself in a dark atmosphere with dim light, black and white movies, her mental, physical self is clearly degrading she takes her medicine with booze which leads her to be delusional. She lives in the hope that someday she will go outside, she grips on her umbrella tightly clocking her body as an armor, trying to shield herself from the outside world, but her efforts fails because after three or four steps she feels like her body going numb, feels like there’s a volcano erupting from her body and she loses her senses . When a new neighbor Russells family move in her neighborhood & come in Anna’s life her life takes another turn. While watching black and white movie like everyday night she witness a murder in her neighbor’s house but then the question arises did that really happened or Anna just fantasied that. It becomes more and more confusing the threat is coming from whom?
Performance & Direction
Directed by Joe Wright “The Woman in the window” had great casts & crew and superb storyline the movie was supposed to be a masterpiece just like “Rear Window” which had similar storyline but unfortunately the movie crashed our expectation. The dark ambience, forced tension, atmosphere of menace & dialogues all were awkward. It will make you wonder what is happening. “The Woman in the Window” was originally scheduled to be theatrically released on October 4, 2019, by 20th Century Fox, but after test screening release was delayed with Fox’s new owner Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures reediting the film. Then the pandemic started and again the release date delayed lastly Netflix took the distribution right and released it.
The Golden Globe award winning actress Amy Adams as Anna Fox tried to give justice to her character. She illustrates Anna’s mental turmoil, self doubting almost perfectly.
Julianne Moore as “Jane Russell”/Katherine Melli has little screen timing but her and Anna’s friendship, the way their bonding develops while talking about their children, is pleasing.. Fred Hechinger as Ethan Russell did not make lasting impression though he had many chances to shine.
I had high expectations from this movie as I read A. J. Finn’s novel “The woman in the window” but this film didn’t leave much impression. The film feels too rushed sometimes you will feel out of the places though most of the casts did an excellent job portraying their character.
It’s currently available in Netflix.
Disclaimer: The above review solely illustrates the views of the writer.