Review: The Woman in the Window
Anna (Amy Adams) is a woman who suffers from agoraphobia and spends her days watching old movies, drinking wine, and spying on her neighbors. When she witnesses a crime, the police don't find her to be the most reliable witness given her history.
I read the book this is based on a few years ago and really enjoyed it. (Before I learned about the author and man, what a trainwreck. I probably wouldn't have picked the book up had I known that.) Because of that, I was very cautious about this film adaptation despite loving Amy Adams. Not all mystery novels translate well on screen. Girl on a Train was a good example of a book I loved feeling a bit too Lifetime-y. So when this started getting negative reviews, it wasn't a surprise, but I still wanted to watch.
And honestly...it's not that bad. For a Netflix movie, it's perfectly fine. The film leans heavily into Rear Window territory, which I never felt while reading the book despite the similarities. It's very well shot for a movie that takes place entirely in a dank house.
Adams is wonderful in this role, and I knew she would be. The film boasts a very strong supporting cast in Brian Tyree Henry, Anthony Mackie, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Jason Leigh Wyatt Russell, and Fred Hechinger though none of them get a ton to do compared to Adams. Russell and Hechinger come close. I liked them in their roles, they played out pretty much exactly as I read them in the book. Gary Oldman was the biggest dud for me surprisingly. He's just there to be an asshole, which is essentially what the book was like too, but I felt like there was more to him there.
The film does cut a pretty big part of the novel out, which is Anna's online friend. Because of that, I felt like the 3rd act doesn't get the development it needed because we hadn't seen her build this virtual relationship. I felt that answered a lot of questions that are just kind of rushed through in the movie.
Overall, this might not be the Oscar contender some were hoping it to be, but it's a good Netflix watch and a must see for any Amy Adams fan.
Memorable quote: "She has issues with privacy." - David (Wyatt Russell)