The Woman in the Window should have stayed a novel

Pictured promotional image for The Woman in the Window movie.

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Pictured promotional image for The Woman in the Window movie.

Tyson Head, Editor

The Woman in The Window was released May 14, 2021, as a Netflix exclusive film.

What happens when new neighbors move in and you can’t help but stare at them through your window? Well, it could all end badly for everyone involved. Especially in the case of Dr. Anna Fox. One day a new family moves into her New York neighborhood, across the street to be exact. This gives her the perfect view through every window in their house. Nobody wants to be stalked through their window. According to Dylan Luft, “If someone was stalking me through my window, I’d probably look at them through their window and try to find out why.” 

It takes a turn for the worse when she hears screaming and yelling. She asks her tenant if he’s heard anything, but he denies hearing any sound. Anna decides to call over, then is greeted with the disgruntled voice of an older gentleman- Mr. Alistair Russel. He, of course, denies any noise originating from his house, but Anna can see him carrying a hammer in his hand through their window. 

It gets even worse some nights later when she witnesses, without a doubt, a murder. She sees Mr. Russell’s wife yelling at someone before being stabbed. Yet her murderer’s identity is concealed by the gaps in between the windows. She calls the police to no avail. Mr. Russell denies all claims and shows Anna that his wife, Jane, is very much still alive. However something doesn’t sit right with Anna. This is not the same Jane she met days ago. 

It would be horrible to witness a murder. According to Cole Lombard, “If I saw someone getting killed through their window, I’d call the police. And if no one believed me, I’d probably just say, ‘screw it’ and leave town so I don’t get murdered too.

The new wife has a different face, different clothes, a different attitude. The only similar feature is her blonde hair. Everyone seems to be against Anna, even the Russell family’s child, whom she comforted just days earlier as he recalled tales of domestic abuse. She cannot even find salvation in the police or her tenant. What can she do?

This setup is quite intriguing, and though the movie is rated quite poorly (26%- Rotten Tomatoes), the final twist may be somewhat expected. However, that does not ruin the rest of the movie’s great story and beautiful imagery. Is The Woman In The Window worth a watch? The short answer: No. Yet the movie honestly seems to be reviewed too harshly, though the criticisms are valid. The movie’s plot is not complete without certain scenes which are presented in very convoluted ways. The movie overall becomes overbearing and confusing quickly. Perhaps it’s best the story remains a novel, and stays off the screen.