The Woman in the Window

Director: Joe Wright
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a psychologist "who works with children," is living a reclusive existence in her NYC apartment and entirely too curious about the activities of her new neighbors across the street, and one night she "witnesses" what she thinks is the murder of "Jane" (Julianne Moore) by her husband Alistair (Gary Oldman).  Hitchcock is the clear starting point (and it lets you know it), but the real trick of this is at first making you think it's just a botched imitation of Rear Window ... and then managing to do a sloppy version of Psycho.  One would think having a Pulitzer Prize winner adapting the script from the novel by A.J. Finn (Daniel Mallory's pen name) would be a success, but there's only so much you can do with consistently silly material that's determined to get even nuttier and more complicated as it goes along, before bringing out the Too Verbose Killer who explains it all away.  The book itself sold "millions of copies" ... did each copy cost a dime?