The Woman in the Window: Movie Review

*If you suffer from severe anxiety, I would recommend watching this with an adult. 

In the new Netflix movie “The Woman in the Window,” Dr. Anna Fox (played by Amy Adams) has severe anxiety and agoraphobia (fear of leaving the house). She spends her time watching the neighborhood from her windows. A new family across the street moves in and seems very friendly. A few days after the neighbors arrived, a lady visits Dr. Fox. She assumes the visitor is the wife of the new family, which turns out to be wrong. She suspects foul play from the new neighbors and decides to involve the police. Since she was wrong about the wife’s identity, the police just believe that she’s delusional or that she might have harmed the lady herself. 

This movie was supposed to be released in October of 2019, but got delayed to May 2020 because it needed to be re-edited due to poor test screenings. The release date was pushed back yet again because of COVID-19, but was finally released on May 14, 2021. After it was released, Joe Wright, the director, got backlash and negative reviews for his screenplay and direction.

Overall, I would rate this movie an 8/10. Although I didn’t fully understand all of the plot events, I did love how the movie wasn’t at all predictable. I did not see the ending coming! Since the main character is agoraphobic, the setting was interesting too since the whole story was told from the inside of one house. I also enjoyed the character development, since Dr. Fox had to step out of her comfort zone in order to solve the mystery. All-in-all, I would recommend this movie for anyone who handles suspense well.

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