The Woman in the Window movie review

Courtesy of Netflix

Courtesy of Netflix

By Brooke Hamann, Floating Editor

Mysteries are always fun right? Escape rooms, Clue, or even the man of mystery, Sherlock Holmes himself. Are you a fan of thriller/horror films; the occasional yelp or jump-scare? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I’ve got the perfect movie for ya!

On Friday, May 14, thriller and mystery genre film, “The Woman in the Window” began streaming on Netflix for audiences worldwide. 

Dr. Anna Fox, played by well-known Amy Adams of the DC comic universe, suffers from agoraphobia: the fear of places and situations that initiate a feeling of panic. This causes her to be restricted from human interaction or even leaving her own home. 

Living in a quite large apartment building, the psychologist finds herself intrigued by a new family, the Russells, who moves in across the street. On moving day, she is greeted by Ethan Russell, played by Fred Hechinger, a 15-year-old boy who shows signs of abuse. Although hesitant, the recent widower and Ethan become close confidants and form an unlikely bond.

Seeing as though she can see into the Russells’ house through the window of her bedroom, it becomes all the more alluring to spy on the family, most definitely out of loneliness.

All is well until Fox witnesses a disturbing act of violence through her window. The viewer’s initial reaction would be one of denial, being that Fox is hinted to be on lots of medication and an alcoholic due to the passing of her husband and young daughter. But, it is later indicated that Fox’s so-called delusion is actually not one of hallucination at all. 

Directed by Joe Wright, this R-rated film’s duration is 1 hour and 40 min. Receiving a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes, many viewers claimed the physiological aspect of the film was far more exciting than the actual murder mystery.

Regardless, viewers will be sure to recognize many familiar faces in the cast list and will find fulfillment in the number of jump-scares and twists and turns of the plot, assuming you like thrillers.

I would honestly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys mysteries or has any interest in psychology mainly because there is a lot to learn from the film and its demonstration of alcoholism’s effect on the brain.

Be sure to check it out if this describes you!