THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (2021)
Mysterious and gripping from the very first moments, The Woman in the Window is the most thrilling film in recent memory, elevated by committed performances and stylish cinematography unlike anything seen in recent memory.
Amy Adams stars as an agoraphobic child psychologist who finds her life thrown into turmoil when she witnesses what she believes to be a murder across the street, an event that will lead to her questioning everything, everybody questioning her, and secrets unraveling that will change everything. Joe Wright has crafted a deep psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end, an intricate story that is aided by beautiful visuals (such unique camera movements!) and a supporting cast of top tier talent (including Gary Oldman, Wyatt Russell, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, and more). Oldman himself takes the brunt of the suspicion, followed closely by Russell, and expertly plays the antagonist opposite a riveting outing from Amy Adams at her best. The entire cast is perfectly crafted with each individual completely enveloping their roles, though there are times where some of them (Oldman again) should have been given more room to breathe (the film seems rushed in some spots, likely a result of reshoots).
Tracy Letts’ novel, described as a book that you simply cannot put down, is successfully translated to the screen here; there never is a slow or boring moment. The Woman in the Window is a film reminiscent of Gone Girl, captivating and thoroughly entertaining through every revelation with an ending that you will not see coming. Come for the mystery, stay for Amy Adams carrying the film on her back in a performance that tests her emotional range and hits every note.
The Woman in the Window streams only on Netflix this Friday.
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