Alfred Hitchcock’s shadow is too long to try to cover. Director Joe Wright has garnered a great reception on Netflix for his new movie, but has found himself head-on with critics.
“The Woman in the Window” premiered on the streaming platform just three days ago, becoming an instant hit over the weekend. Behind “El Inocente”, it is among the most viewed content on Netflix. However, not everyone has welcomed this adaptation of AJ Finn’s novel.
The good reception in terms of audience, contrasts with the rating it has received from the critics. On the IMDb cinema website it takes only a 5.8 and in Rotten Tomatoes, just 29% in valuation. “It is the cinematic equivalent of a window that does not deserve to be opened. Close the windows in this case“That’s how they describe it on IndieWire.
Netflix has wanted to sell this film as a new successful thriller, with the expectation of whether it would be released in theaters or would go directly to the streaming market and taking into account that the novel was an international bestseller (Stephen King described it as “exceptional”) . Expectations were very high And it’s crashed, even with a cast like this: Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore.
Amy Adams plays Anna, a woman who suffers from agoraphobia and spends the day secluded at her home in New York with her cat and mixing medication with wine. After suffering a crisis when neighborhood children knock on her door on Halloween to ask for candy, Anna befriends Jane Russell, mother of one of the neighborhood families.
Anna begins to observe them through the window and this is how she discovers that things are not going well at Jane’s house. Because of his health problems, Anna will have a hard time getting help and for them to believe what she is telling. So far we can tell you if, after seeing the bad reviews, you are still interested in seeing it.
The reference to Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is evident, as was also evident in AJFinn’s novel. However, the director wanted to go further in his tribute to the master of suspense and in the film the references are too obvious, mixing other titles from Hitchcock’s filmography such as Rebeca or Vertigo.
She is accused of being boring and of not knowing how to take advantage of the talent of luxury actors such as Amy Adams and Gary Oldman, whose performance also receives criticism. It is not the first time that a Netflix film has succumbed in an attempt to imitate the iconic style of Alfred Hitchcock, the new version of Rebecca also failed to convince last year. But, once again, the critics and the public go their separate ways.