As with the best thrillers, The Woman in the Window has an impressive and intriguing premise. Agoraphobic Anna, played by Amy Adams, watches as her new neighbours movie in across the street. Suspicious, she keeps an eye on the new arrivals and shockingly witnesses a murder. When she reports it, the evidence doesn’t add up, her eyewitness account is proven faulty and she is plunged into questioning her own sanity.
As you can expect, there is plenty more to The Woman in the Window than just this simple set-up. Its a psychological thriller and one that is written very well for the most part. There are plenty of great twists, bizarre revelations and drip-fed moments which slowly reveal the mystery at the centre of the whole movie. Its intriguing throughout and those that were fans of Gone Girl or Before I Go to Sleep will be entertained here.
It also helps that the movie is centred around two great performances. Amy Adams plays her role perfectly, understated at times and unhinged at others. As a unreliable focal point to the movie, she is realistic without being melodramatic. Gary Oldman is her protagonist. He is as focused and dependable as always. Vulnerable when it calls for it but menacing on the twist of a dime.
These two great actors, ably supported by the likes of Julianne Moore and Jennifer Jason Leigh, help you look past some of the movies more obvious failings. For anyone who has watched this sort of movie before, there is little new here and although the set-up works well, experience of this kind of story will see you guessing some key plot-points. It also doesn’t help that some of the “twists” seemingly come from nowhere, reflecting either poor writing or poor translation of the source material this movie was based upon. These are easy to look past though as the story develops, the mystery unravels and you find yourself at a decent, thrilling and satisfying finale.
Overall, The Woman in the Window reflects a lot of psychological thrillers of recent times but stands amongst them as a good mystery, well-told and very well acted. It has a good set-up, will keep your interest throughout and does enough to make up for some of the poor writing and predictable moments. The finale satisfies too.
Rating – 4
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