The Woman in the Window The film actually finished production at the end of 2018 with a release schedule in late 2019. However, a number of changes continued to delay the release of this Joe Wright- directed film ( Darkest Hour , brain on fire 2017). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures , which is the new owner of a production house 20 th Century Foxwho produced the film, were reportedly dissatisfied with the final outcome of the film at the time and requested a number of reshoots. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross who initially served as film music directors also chose not to continue their performance, which was then replaced by composer Danny Elfman . And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to thwarting the planned release of the new The Woman in the Window in early 2020. After delays after delays, coupled with the still not improving pandemic conditions, made Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures then chose to sell the release rights of this film to Netflix which then released it in early 2021 – two years from the initial schedule of the film's release on the cinema screen.
With a script by Tracy Letts ( August: Osage County , 2013) based on the novel of the same name written by AJ Finn , The Woman in the Window tells the story of a child psychologist named Anna Fox ( Amy Adams).) who has spent nearly the last year confined to his own home due to the anxiety disorder agoraphobia – the fear or anxiety of being in open spaces – he suffers from. With this condition, Anna Fox spends her daily life watching Hollywood classics, learning French, observing her surroundings, and drinking her favorite alcoholic beverage – which often makes her in a semi-conscious state. When one family, Alistair Russell ( Gary Oldman ), Jane Russell ( Julianne Moore ), and Ethan Russell ( Fred Hechinger)), moving into the house in front of her house, Anna Fox felt like she had found a new object that caught her attention. Unfortunately, his curiosity actually trapped him when he became an eye witness to a murder that took place in the house which slowly began to make his life more messy.
It's not too much of an exaggeration if some viewers think The Woman in the Window is in the same storytelling universe as The Girl on the Train (Tate Taylor, brain on fire 2016). In addition to the story, which is both adapted from a novel and the story structure, which also carries the same storyline as the mystery stories directed by Alfred Hitchcock – The Woman in the Window will clearly remind many viewers of Rear Window (1954), The Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Windowalso presents an almost identical story premise about a female character with a penchant for drinking alcohol who later becomes a witness to the occurrence of a crime. Another similarity? Despite having a film narrative atmosphere like the films that invite a million question marks directed by Hitchcock, both Taylor and Wright also feel like executing their directed films like David Fincher managing conflicts and characters in his mystery films – not a bad thing, of course. However, like The Girl on the Train , The Woman in the Window doesn't get support for story quality that is strong enough to make it appear prime.
With a story duration of (only) 100 minutes, The Woman in the Window , unfortunately, spends too much time building the foundation of a number of mysteries and conflicts in the storyline. This then causes this film to feel rushed in uncovering a number of mysteries – and a number of story twists – in the middle to the end of the story. Letts and Wright may choose this path so that the audience is able to explore the thoughts of the main character in dealing with a number of questions he faces. At the same time, the excessive focus on mystery and conflict in the early half of the film provides an obstacle for a number of conflicts and characters to develop more maturely.
The setting of the story in this film also presents a number of questions to several characters and the building conflicts that arise but do not get an in-depth story digging: the Russell family never gets the full story attention, Jennifer Jason Leigh almost just stands still throughout the film's presentation, the character of David Winter played by Wyatt Russellfeels presented with an incomplete story, and, most fatally, this film even leaves the story element about agoraphobia disorder suffered by the main character and makes it feel used for story plot equipment that is only used at certain moments. Wright directs the film to be enjoyed like a puzzle but leaves many pieces of the story that make this film feel not really completed in its entirety.
Apart from a number of weaknesses in the management of the story script, Wright was quite successful in packaging The Woman in the Window so as not to fall into a boring story presentation. The intrigue flow of the story combined with the artistic setting that will give the impression of classic mystery films will at least be able to keep the audience's attention from continuing to open the mystery layer of this film's story. In terms of acting, Wright has also succeeded in collecting the best acting performances to bring the line of characters to life in the storytelling timeline of the film. Although not his best acting performance, Adams can still present convincingly. So did Oldman and Russell. Strongest acting performance in The Woman in the Windowinstead emerged from the appearance of Moore, Hechinger, and Brian Tyree Henry . The appearances in the characters are actually minimalist but are able to steal the attention in every presence.