I would like that thank Netflix for allowing me to watch and review this film.
Director: Joe Wright
Writers: A.J. Finn , Tracy Letts
Cast: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie
Release Date: April 14th
The story: An agoraphobic woman living alone in New York begins spying on her new neighbors, only to witness a disturbing act of violence.
I want to start by saying that I high semi-high hopes for the film before its release. The plot seemed intriguing and it stars Amy Adams, who is long overdue for an Oscar win. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations. But The Woman In the Window kept me engaged from start to finish.
This film was good, not great. It draws you in with a stacked cast, interesting premise, and eerie atmosphere. It keeps you guessing and does a decent job of subverting your expectations…to a point. For some reason, I felt like this film was missing the suspenseful vibe that the trailer gave off. There are a few jump-scares yet nothing over the top, which is perfect for the anti-horror viewer.
The Women In The Window shines brightest with Amy Adams and the helm. Her performance alone carried this film and she was a treat to watch. The supporting cast wasn’t memorable. Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie have seen better days. Their characters were one-note and outright bland. Wyatt Russell and Brian Tyree Henry’s characters were adequate but nothing notable. The score was generic but the twists were somewhat likable.
This film was good, not great, as it left much to be desired and would have performed better as a limited series instead of what we got. Amy Adams is the north star of the story and displays another first-rate performance. The Woman In The Window is set to debut on Friday, May 14th via Netflix.
My Score: C–
Christian is a film critic and founder of the Film Optix Podcast. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association. You can find him on Twitter @Musiccitynerd