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The Woman in the Window (2021)

Director:
Joe Wright

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Psychological thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Woman in the Window

RUNNING TIME
100 minutes

Producers:
Scott Rudin
Eli Bush
Anthony Katagas

Screenwriter (based on the novel by A. J. Finn):
Tracy Letts


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING

Dr. Anna Fox

Amy Adams

Alistair Russell

Gary Oldman

Edward Fox

Anthony Mackie -

Ethan Russell

Fred Hechinger
David Winter Wyatt Russell
Det. Little Brian Tyree Henry
Katherine Melli Julianne Moore
Jane Russell Jennifer Jason Leigh -

 

Review

This psychological thriller based on A. J. Finn's much sold and debated debut novel of the same name begins as a mishmash of homages to classic thrillers from Rear Window to The Tenant. Amy Adams' character is an agoraphobic semi-alcoholic pill abuser who believes she is witnessing a crime in the apartment of her new neighbours across the street, and we follow her through a downward spiral of distrust and panic attacks while she's playing private detective. The unreliable narrator premise is quite alluring and explains why the novel was a New York Times best seller, but director Joe Wright (Atonement, Darkest Hour) piles on so many stylistic touches that it becomes counterproductive. His retro aesthetics is fun to watch for a while, but they don't really help build suspense and ultimately end up accentuating rather than masking the weaknesses in the script's final act. The same can be said of Amy Adams' erratic performance. She seems to be clutching at straws trying to find the right note for her role. And Wright isn't able to help her or the unwitting Fred Hechinger, who plays the neighbour kid Ethan, reel in their performances on the right side of parody.

Copyright 2.5.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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