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Film review: The Woman in the Window

This psychological thriller is silly but entertaining, says Linda Marric


Amy Adams heads a stellar cast in this  flawed psychological thriller from Atonement director Joe Wright. Adapted by actor-turned-screenwriter Tracy Letts (Killer Joe) from A. J. Finn’s 2018 novel of the same name, The Woman In The Window also stars Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Adams is Anna, an agoraphobic child psychologist who lives alone in her New York townhouse unable to move on from an undisclosed tragedy. When the Russells (Oldman and Moore), a seemingly happy couple move across the road with their timid teenage son (Fred Hechinger), Anna becomes consumed by the strange dynamic between them. Things start to spiral out of control when after witnessing a shocking act of violence from her window, Anna seems unable to convince anyone of what she saw.

The Woman in the Window works better if one decides to look at it as a deliberately heavy-handed Hitchcockian pastiche. Wright presents a film which despite lacking the subtlety of the productions it is clearly seeking to emulate, still manages to be hugely watchable mostly thanks to Adams’ peerless screen presence.

Granted, there isn’t really much in a way of plot here that we haven’t seen done before, but there is a certain B movie sensibility about the film which almost saves it from being a complete dud. Wright has given us an overly stylised production which too often relies on needless trickeries, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy every minute of this very silly movie.

Overall, whilst not exactly original or completely coherent plot-wise, The Woman in the Window still delivers some robust performances courtesy of Adams, Oldman and Moore. Just don’t go in expecting anything earth-shatteringly original.

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