Plot of The Woman in the Window Movie. Joe Wright clearly falls short of Hitchcock’s imitators on the level of Michelangelo Antonioni with Magnification and David Mitchell’s Under Silver Lake. Instead of a camera balancing act, there are a bunch of indistinct long shots, instead of a dynamic story, a broken tempo and weak twists. However, there is no need to yell foolishly about the inconsistency of the picture, especially since the film has been boiling in “production hell” since 2019.
Reshoots and a general regime of forced self-isolation played a role. A bummer on a bummer is driven by a bummer: the actors in the person of the already mentioned Adams, Gary Oldman; and Julianne Moore take out, but they don’t save, the atmosphere does not knit, the colors do not thicken; the intrigue does not take by surprise. A good thriller is easy to read, but difficult to read; which is a stretch to say about The Woman in the Window.
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Sensible design and attempts to catch the Hitchcockian vibe cannot withstand the weight of a clumsy story told with a bunch of crutches. Chaplin alone knows how many times the script was rewritten in more than two years of production. And how much material was cut inappropriately on the editing table, and it is scary to imagine.
You can do without the word “tortured” here. Without the word “offensive” – in no way is it. “The Woman in the Window” is far from the most successful attempt to reproduce the Kuleshov meta-effect from Hitchcock’s iconic works and to present a well-cooked thriller ride. Well, the miracle did not happen, but there was a touch.
A place was found both for colorful characters and for acceptable visuals; but, alas, they forgot to invite the main guest, calculated from the graph paper of suspense, to the dinner party. The trick was not successful: the close-up was distorted; the subjective gaze was blurred, the reaction frame was rejected until called for.
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