Spoiler-Free Review of “The Woman in the Window” on Netflix: Close your Curtains

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“I can’t go outside…”

The Woman in the Window is a mystery drama film that released on May 14th 2021 on Netflix. The film stars Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Wyatt Russell. It runs for approximately an hour and forty minutes.

Based on the novel of the same name, the film follows an agoraphobic psychologist named Dr. Anna Fox, who lives alone and spies on her neighbors to pass the time. After a brief encounter with her new neighbor, she witnesses her murder, but no one will believe her. 

Here is the trailer:

The Woman in the Window has a talented cast and is clearly trying to channel the classic film, Rear Window, but its messy plot leaves a lot to be desired. Does it do enough to earn a watch or is it an uninspiring rip-off? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Talented cast.

Every single cast member makes a valiant effort with this one, but I have to say that I wasn’t truly invested in the portrayal of Dr. Anna Fox by Amy Adams. This is not the first time we have seen her in this type of role and yet I was disappointed.

However, some of the minor characters really elevated things and I thought that Julianne Moore was electric on screen and that Wyatt Russell did a good job as well with what he was given.

While I appreciate the talent and the familiar faces here, it almost seemed like it was making up for something else…

The Cons:

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Dragged out messy plot.

This film was really frustrating because it had a story-line that could have been really interesting and it decided to go about it in a really slow and dragged out way that was so uninspiring. Unlike Emily Blunt’s character in The Girl on the Train, there were really no redeeming qualities for Dr. Anna Fox.

I mean, who doesn’t at least leave out a bowl of candy on Halloween? 

Sure, maybe she was trying to do the right thing and we eventually unfold the tragedy that has basically crippled her from having a normal life, but it took too long to get there.

Trying too hard.

Anna is a film buff and we see her watching several of the movies that clearly inspired this film, which really hit the audience over the head with the similarities. This honestly made this film feel like a really bad rip-off. At one point, I literally paused the film because I thought it was over and realized there were thirty more minutes to sit through.

The last thirty minutes were the strongest of the film by far, but it just took so long to get there and the film felt like such a trashy rip-off that almost insulted the audience, attempting to trick us into thinking this is something thought-provoking and relevant in present day because of the talented cast and hints dropped along the way.

So am I in or out?

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I’m out on this one…

Unfortunately the talented cast and interesting premise were overshadowed by a dull, dragged out, and uninspiring plot. While there is enough to keep you watching until the reveal at the end, it’s not as rewarding as you might expect and you are better off re-watching Rear Window or The Girl on the Train instead.

Honestly I had really high hopes for this film and I like Amy Adams, but I was really disappointed with this watch. I think Netflix should focus more on thrillers like My Secret Obsession. You know that you are getting a guilty pleasure thriller and you accept that, rather than being tricked into thinking you are about to watch something truly extraordinary…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Woman in the Window in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Stranger” on Netflix: A Complex Thriller Worthy of your next Binge-Watch

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“A secret revealed is a secret destroyed.”

The Stranger premiered on Netflix on January 31st 2020 with 8 episodes (40-45 minutes in length).  It stars Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Anthony Head, Dervla Kirwan, and Hannah John-Kamen.

The show is based on the book of the same name by Harlan Coben.  It is a mystery thriller that follows the lives of several families, as secrets are exposed by a stranger, creating a vortex of lies, murder, and a quest to uncover the truth.

This is not the first crime thriller that Netflix has released, but it’s difficult to deliver some worthy twists without over-complicating things.

If you enjoy movies like The Call, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl, this new show will make you feel right at home, but does it do enough to stand out as a worthy thrill ride?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The mystery will keep you invested and guessing the entire time.

Adam Price basically has his entire life turned upside down when a stranger approaches him with a shattering secret about his wife.  As we begin to uncover the truth with Adam, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat, which makes the watch entertaining and fast-paced.  Unnecessary set-up does not get in the way, as we dive right into the mystery from the opening minutes of the series.

An amazing cast.

Richard Armitage does a fantastic job with his role, but I was also really impressed by Siobhan Finneran’s portrayal of Johanna Griffin.  Let’s not forget that we also have Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, Anthony Head playing a supporting role to perfection.  The list goes on and on and every single performance was spot on.

The Cons:

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Way too many sub-plots.

Yes, this is one of those shows where everything connects.  However, we certainly get a lot thrown our way and some of it seems beyond outrageous.  If you pay attention, a lot of the connections and reveals make sense later on, but some of them are actually never explained, so I’m wondering why we didn’t just focus on the main mystery, which was compelling enough.

It’s easy to get lost in this show and perhaps it is too complex for its own good, but there are enough reasons why you should still watch the show in its entirety anyway.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!  While the show may be unnecessarily complex at times, it is the epitome of the perfect weekend binge-watch.  You can watch all eight episodes in one sitting and you will probably want to because each episode leaves you wanting more, as you try to figure out the mystery going on.

I tend to thoroughly enjoy mystery thrillers with a touch of Lifetime drama thrown in and this show exceeded my expectations.  While this isn’t the best show or thriller I have ever seen, it delivers as a quick and entertaining show you can watch while throwing in some unexpected twists and moments that will keep you guessing.

Keep these coming, Netflix!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Stranger in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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