Andrea’s film review – The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

When a handsome neighbour moves in across the street, Anna, a heartbroken woman for whom every day is the same, starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel; that is, until she witnesses a gruesome murder. Or did she? Available to watch on Netflix.

In fact I had watched this back in February, but with all the Baftas and Oscars nominated films around at the time, I had completely forgotten to review it. What better excuse to resume watching the series than the Easter holiday when people are looking for some mindless bingeable fun stuff to watch?

From such a title I was expecting a real spoof on the genre, almost a farcical film like the Naked Gun series, or even the (dreadful) Scary Movie franchise, and while there are some funny moments here and there, they’re few and far between and certainly not as outlandish as the title might suggest.

The plot is a bit of a mishmash of several things we’ve seen before: The Woman in the Window, The Girl on the Train and Rear Window are the most obvious references, though some of the atmosphere reminded me a little bit of the silly mysteries from TV series Desperate Housewives, minus the funny bits.

In fact I have to say that it took me a while to realise that this was not meant to be taken too seriously… To be honest I’m still not sure whether I was supposed to laugh at what I was watching or not. If I was, then the jokes were much too subtle.

Let’s face it, if the title had been something more bland or normal like “The mystery across the street” or anything else less flamboyant than the mouthful it actually is, I probably would have thought that this was just another thriller featuring a woman who thinks she’s witnessed a murder next door, which is essentially what it is.

Having established that as a comedy this didn’t really work for me, nor as a spoof, I have to say that as a thriller at least there were enough twists and turns to keep my attention throughout the eight episodes.

I wouldn’t call it edge-of-your-seat stuff, but both my wife and I binged it in no time. Arguably the short episodes format (about 25 minutes or less each episode) made it very easy to watch, but they were also helped by a very likeable performance by Kristen Bell, whose shoulders this entire series stands on.

I feel a bit dirty at giving it three stars, but I have to be honest, we enjoyed it for what it was, probably a lot more than the average viewer out there and especially the average critics, judging by some of the scathing reviews I have glanced around the web.

In short, it’s crisp, it’s nicely made, you can turn off your brain and still enjoy it and it goes down easily like a glass of a cheapish wine (Says the man who doesn’t drink…).

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window is available to watch on Netflix.

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