Lack of focus makes show confusing and irrelevant

Lack of focus makes show confusing and irrelevant

Who here likes psychological thrillers? What about thriller parodies? The Netflix original series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” is exactly that which has caused confusion to viewers. 

For heartbroken Anna played by Kristen Bell, every day is the same. She sits with her wine and stairs out the window as she watches life go by without her. But that all changes when a handsome neighbor and his daughter move across the street. She begins to see light in her dark world. That is until she witnesses a gruesome murder… Or did she? 

The new show is a parody of the films “The Woman in the Window” and “The Girl on the Train” but this kind of parody is confusing not only to me but viewers. For example no one would know it is a spoof of the original films if they have never heard of them or seen it. The show focused too much on the humor and tried too hard. The series struggles to find the right balance between drama, mystery, and humor all in one. It just never found its focus. 

I’ve watched “The Woman in the Window” and read “The Girl on the Train” and it was exceptionally well thought out, organized, and less confusing. To add a parody, it kinda ruins the point and enjoyment of the movies. 

The suspense and humor didn’t go together. The director either needed to choose to have the show be funny or more serious. When Anna was held “hostage” in her house at one point in the show, it was a suspenseful moment but at the same time it had humor. These parts of the show that had both genres made the series more cringy and cliché.

However, to overlook the mistakes and differences, I got to say there were moments of humor and suspense that got me wanting more. But that feeling only lasted for a few seconds. 

The new series was unclear to the plot and story it was trying to share. Just like the title, “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window” is an unsolvable puzzle that showed no clarity.