Warning: This article incorporates minor The Woman in the Window spoilers.
The Woman in the Window, the new Amy Adams film on Netflix, tells the story of a lady who’s terrified to go away her condominium and spends her days watching films on her laptop computer with a glass of wine. Sound acquainted?
It shall be onerous for this thriller—an adaption of the 2018 novel by pseudonymous creator A. J. Finn., directed by Joe Wright—to keep away from the comparisons to the COVID-19-related lockdowns. The lead character, Anna Fox (Adams), doesn’t concern catching the coronavirus however fairly suffers from a extra normal concern that causes her to keep away from doubtlessly anxiety-inducing conditions or locations, also referred to as agoraphobia. But that feeling could also be all too relatable to these of us who endured “shelter in place” protocols over the previous 12 months, resulting in distant studying, distant working, and distant socializing.
Yet the pandemic shouldn’t be over. Many are nonetheless receiving their second vaccine dose, or are ready on immunity. There are nonetheless COVID-19 instances, and COVID-19 associated deaths, each day. But it’s a time of transition. Cases in the U.S. are dropping. CDC pointers for totally vaccinated individuals are loosening. Many are making journey plans, returning to our workplaces, and hugging our family and friends for the first time in over a 12 months. As all of us try to return to a semblance of normality, I’ve heard, from a couple of acquaintance, that the final thing they need to do is watch a film or TV present about the pandemic. The Woman in the Window shouldn’t be explicitly about COVID-19, however are individuals going to need to see a film a couple of lady who’s cooped up all day, processing her concern and trauma and loss? Or does a film like In The Heights—coming to HBO Max subsequent month, which accurately options joyful dancing in the streets—higher match this not-quite-post-pandemic vibe?
Personally, I discovered catharsis watching The Woman in the Window. I empathized with Anna’s battle, her ache, her melancholy, her poisonous habits, her obsessive movie-watching, and her relationship together with her cat. When Anna’s psychiatrist (Tracy Letts, who can also be credited for tailored the screenplay) famous that her curiosity about her neighbors—curiosity about the outdoors world—was a optimistic signal towards the finish of her melancholy, I felt a pang in my intestine. Six months in the past, when the finish of the pandemic felt like an impossibly faraway dream, this all would have hit too near dwelling. But now the finish is close to—so close to I can style it—and Anna’s story felt like the excellent bookend for this transitional interval.
It’s onerous to say if the timing of The Woman in the Window launch was deliberate on Netflix’s half. Certainly, nobody was considering of a world pandemic when the 2018 ebook was written, nor when the film was filmed or edited and even initially marketed. You might recall the first Woman in the Window trailer was not launched by Netflix, however by twentieth Century Studio, practically two years in the past. The movies has been handed between studios and been delayed quite a few occasions, due to mergers, pandemics, and its producer Scott Rudin, who has been accused of abusive conduct and reportedly prompted “drama” in the movie’s manufacturing. But now it’s lastly right here, and whereas the timing might not really feel proper for some, to me, it felt excellent.
Spoiler alert: Anna lastly does step out of her entrance door, cat service in hand, and right into a taxi. As I watched Anna’s taxi drive down her Harlem avenue—taking her someplace that she will lastly depart her trauma and concern behind—I used to be shocked to seek out myself tearing up. Yes, I believed, I’m prepared too.