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The Woman In The Window (15, 100 minutes)
Based on the novel by A.J. Finn, ‘The Woman in the Window’ comes from BAFTA-winning director Joe Wright of Darkest Hour and Atonement fame.
Dr Anna Fox (Amy Adams in another compelling performance), is an agoraphobic child psychologist who lives on a steady diet of anti-psychosis meds and red wine alone in her apartment while watching old black and white film noir movies, which 70 years ago this film would undoubtedly have been
Anna finds herself obsessed with the family who just moved in across the street. She spies on them through the windows of her New York brownstone and befriends Jane Russell (Julianne Moore), the matriarch of the family, who obviously has her own issues, not least her relationship with husband Alistair (Gary Oldman).
Her world turns upside down when Jane disappears following a violent episode that she witnesses from her window.
Heavily inspired (a nice way of saying it’s highly derivative) by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic ‘Rear Window’, this follows the same archetype and almost replicates the exact same conflicts, characters and plot. Even the camera angles scream Hitchcock.
Maybe it should have been called Front Window.
Within 20 minutes tops you will think you have guessed the twist in the tale, but hey, it’s three of the best actors around. They could make the phone book seem gripping.
Wrong. There’s more to it than that.
The majority of the story take place inside Anna’s apartment, which creates a claustrophobic atmosphere and projects her anxiety onto viewers that have spent so much time indoors over the past year due to the pandemic.
‘The Woman in the Window’ was initially scheduled for a release in 2019 by 20th Century Fox, but Netflix acquired the distribution rights and it is available now.