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The Woman In The Window Movie Review

Last weekend I watched two incredibly mediocre misfires, though both failed for completely different reasons. One was the inane Those Who Wish Me Dead, and the other was the pandemic-delayed The Woman in the Window, which just could have easily been delayed from 1993.

Six-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams gets most of the screen to herself in this Rear Window ripoff, though other Oscar winners Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore, as well as Fred Hechinger and Wyatt Russell, show up periodically to antagonize her. Adams plays a psychotherapist ironically suffering from severe agoraphobia who suspects that her neighbor across the street has been murdered.

She might also just be batshit crazy.

Director Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Darkest Hour) and writer Tracy Letts (August: Osage County and the paranoia thriller Bug) bring to life A.J. Finn’s book, though “life” may be generous. Lacking the visual power of Wright’s other films, The Woman in the Window looks and feels like something straight from the 90s, an inspired but forgettable thriller if there ever was one.

Lacking the atmospheric attention you’d expect from Wright, so much of the movie falls on Adams’ shoulders, and as good of an actress as she is, she struggles to hold it altogether. In some scenes she aces it, and in others she flails, though the story and writing do her no favors. 

The story is simply mediocre, a concept more than a complete film that spends most of its time attempting to convince you that the main character is bonkers when we all know that what she saw actually happened. This failed attempt at mystery makes much of the movie irritating, if not fully frustrating, and for much of its runtime a bit boring. By the time the third act kicks into gear and The Woman in the Window turns into the slightly satisfying but ultimately generic 90s thriller it clearly wants to be, it’s too late.

Despite the cast, I’d keep the blinds closed on this stinker. There’s nothing to see here.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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