The Woman in the Window;Like the Main Character: Felt Like a Complication With Meds Itself. Grade: C
The Woman in the Window tells a story about a child psychologist Anna Fox (Amy Adams), whom happens to be an agoraphobic so she doesn't go out much. Some new neighbors have came in from Boston across the street, as it featured a small family. Anna Fox gets acquainted with the son Ethan (Fred Hechinger), whom has problems at home dealing with what appears to be an abusive father (Gary Oldman). Anna Fox also gets acquainted with Ethan's mother Jane Russell (Julianne Moore), whom seems like a nice lady. While Anna peeps out at the window across the street to her new neighbors, she witnessed Jane get murdered by her husband. Anna Fox rushes to the scene to seek for help, only to faint in the middle of the street. When Anna wakes up... It appears she may have been making up false accusations, could be delusional due to the medications she's been taking. As it turns out there is another woman named Jane Russell (Jennifer Jason Leigh) that claims to be the mother of Ethan and the father's wife, as now Anna is struck by a great amount of confusion, as we're trying to figure out is she crazy or could she be telling the truth about everything?!
I was looking forward to The Woman in the Window for awhile, the poster looked very mysterious as it turns out it's based off an acclaimed thrilling novel. The Woman in the Window is quite a striking film, from a visual standpoint at least. Other than the weird style like choices, especially the abnormal transition sequences... How the film was shot looked great, I also enjoyed the one shot dealing with Anna encountering a car in the living room. The Score t'was very good, complimented the tone of each and every scene well.
I also felt the cast was really good as a whole. Amy Adams gives a pretty good performance, as you're questioning whether or not the character she plays is sane or insane due to complications from the meds. Anna Fox is trained when it comes to studying the behavior of children, as she can interpret what the child maybe going through, as Anna has a strong hunch that the boy could be dealing with problems mainly in the household. I enjoyed how this character was written, making you second guess if what she say could be true, as it's hard to make out of if she's right in the head. Fred Hechinger playing Ethan gives a pretty good performance, also felt this was a fairly written character. You could understand why Ethan is the way he is and what follows within the story, makes sense as to how he ended up in this particular situation. I would say as a flaw within this character is what transpires in the end, as it doesn't really make much sense, won't spoil it but it doesn't seem logical.
From a narrative perspective: I appreciate the fact this film was actually engaging, however it's a bit jumbled as there's quite a few elements that don't actually work. As we're given the full information as to what is actually true: There is something that is sticking out as a sore thumb, that perhaps makes me question the father. As we learn about Jane Russell as far as her identity and such... You kind of question the father, as to why would you attempt having a civil dinner with this woman?! You'll understand my confusion once you watch it, but it's just completely odd.
The father character is also a mixed bag as far as how he's written, given the potential abusive factor. I would've much preferred him not potentially be an abuser out in the open, I would've rather it be contained and be kind of a mystery. It could've played out much differently, to where it would be questioning if the father is a variety of things, without giving much notion as he is completely guilty due to what he does to his son in multiple scenes. It could just play out as Ethan staring out at Anna's window, being terrified while his father brings him in the house... Who knows what the father has done, I would've rather it be played off like that as an effective mystery.
The whole thing with the tenant stuff was pretty mixed. On one hand it helps within the whole mystery of Jane Russell, as I thought that wrapped up pretty nicely as far as the reveal. However on one hand regarding the parole situation... It felt very unnecessary. I guess they wanted it to appear as if the tenant could be a potential suspect, of Jane Russell being murdered due to his criminal record. But that part doesn't work because the tenant was nowhere near the house and if he was... Why would the father cover it up for this stranger?! Doesn't really play out well, the whole parole situation should've been tossed in the trash.
I do believe The Woman in the Window had potential indeed, it felt like Disturbia meets Unsane in a way. I mean the story keeps you engaged for the most part, however with the reveals it just brings up a fair amount of confusion in terms of logic issues.
Overall, The Woman in the Window was just ok. I wouldn't mind giving this a watch on Netflix, it at least has something worth of some kind of value, but the narrative itself just needed more work. Netflix really saved this film, from being a massive flop in the theaters I will say.
I also find it particularly odd, we have a character in this film that is terrified of going outside and can appear to be insane, meanwhile people from last year have been doing the exact same thing while there are "health experts" influencing that this is a "healthy" way of living... Let it be known that staying inside 24/7 is honestly the most unhealthiest way of living, especially for your mental health. Maybe these "Health Experts" should be fired from their profession, because influencing others to partake in unhealthy practices that'll damage their mind is truly disgraceful. Thought I bring it up because that's what I thought about while watching Anna Fox and then actually living in a reality, where this lifestyle was recommendable as "healthy"... Just sickening. -Mitch Smietana