In Australia, we’re victims of our own stereotypes. It’s why our houses are cold, our coats lack thickness, and even in the dead of winter you’ll always find a pub with their front door flung open. It’s also why every year, I am blindsided by the early arrival of Melbourne’s arctic winds.
So on what was Melbourne’s coldest day of 2021 so far, I made the ridiculous decision to leave my apartment. It was freezing. My face hurt. My hair hurt. I decided to turn back. “Alexa, cancel my plans!” I announced upon returning home. (I don’t have an Alexa.)
And what better way to hibernate the weekend away than to indulge in Netflix’s latest psychological thriller? The Woman In The Window, starring Amy Adams as Dr Anna Fox, was apparently a “voyeuristic” thriller about an agoraphobic woman who witnesses a brutal attack in the apartment across the street from her house. First, though, I did some research. Vulture described the film as “schlock”; a “trashy movie trying to be a classy one”, and at the time it sat at a 29% Rotten Tomatoes rating. Perfect. It was time to ramp the heating up and turn my brain right off.
Here are just some of the thoughts I had while immersed in Amy Adams’ Woman In The Window.
1. If I lived in that NYC Brownstone I wouldn’t go outside either.
I simply can’t get enough of dark, moody movies set in New York City, and Woman In The Window was no exception. Given that the titular character is agoraphobic, the majority of the film is set in a beautiful, Harlem brownstone and sees Dr Fox plod around her noir-paletted house in some variation of a smock, leggings, socks and a glass of wine. “I like it dim,” she says when someone comments on the lack of light in the house. Lockdown vibes, anyone?
2. Is that the guy from 'Black Mirror'?
Dr. Fox’s tenant, a musician called David, is played by the endlessly laid-back Wyatt Russell, and it took me at least 15 minutes to figure out where I’d seen him before. Yup, he was the one who played the peppy American from ‘Playtest’, one of the many episodes of Black Mirror I never fully recovered from. I was just happy to see him alive. Thank god. Was he ok? Was his mother ok? Will this wound ever heal?
3. I don’t see what’s so wrong with this.
What’s with the 26%, Rotten Tomatoes? Amy Adams just drunkenly cackled at the TV before passing out! Drank straight from the tap! Swore at (a movie version of) Duolingo! What more could anyone want? Ok, a bunch of critics are apparently calling it a failed homage to Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954). And not to flaunt my youth, but I did not exist in 1954, and I have never felt the urge to delve into a Hitchcockian marathon. I’m sorry, ok? Sorry to this man. I guess what I’m saying is that for those of you who aren’t super invested in whether or not the movies you see appropriately honour dear Alfred, it’s all basically fine.
4. Is that Julianne Moore’s '30 Rock' character?
Julianne Moore only really has one scene in this movie, but her character felt very familiar. It definitely sounds like she modelled her character’s accent on her 30 Rock character, Nancy Donovan, one which had previously been inducted into the “bad Boston accent hall of fame” over a decade ago. I can see how this would bother Bostonians, but as a non-American, I was just happy to see Julianne Moore and Amy Adams talk shit and drink wine. Good for them!
In summary, this was a cosy little thriller to take in on a gusty winter’s day; ideally suited to those uninvested in the work of Alfred Hitchcock and correct Bostonian accents. Several stars!
This unsolicited opinion was written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter @purpletank.