Movie Review: Misery (1990)

Starring: Kathy Bates, James Caan and Richard Farnsworth

Directed by: Rob Reiner

Best selling novelist Paul Sheldon is returning home after a successful retreat away to finish off his new book when he suffers a near fatal car accident. Fortunately for him he was rescued by a superfan of his only to realise that it was the beginning of a nightmare held in captivity and suffering mental and physical torture.

Kathy Bates plays superfan Annie Wilkes who is a little too obsessed with writer Paul Sheldon and his work. She “rescues” him from a car accident only to hold him hostage so she can have him write a new book in her honour. Bates does a near flawless job in her portrayal as Annie. Your initial introduction to Annie is that of a sweet lady who is trying to help and slowly but surely her mental instability begins creeping into her personality and Bates does such a tremendous job flitting back and forth between the two personas. This type of character building really benefits the story in terms of adding tension and suspense right the way until the the end. It’s really no surprise she captured the Academy Award, such a phenomenal performance. James Caan deserves a huge amount of credit also. He plays Paul Sheldon and spends most of his time on his back in bed nursing some broken legs after his accident. Caan’s uses his facial expressions and body language very well which really builds the fear which the character faces and adds terror to the story. The chemistry he and Bates share is great and the story is executed perfectly. Misery is based on a Stephen King novel and doesn’t particularly rely on the horror aspect of King’s writing but when called upon its brief, bloody and necessarily brutal.

I’ve been meaning to watch Misery for a long time and it was so worth the wait. Definitely one of the best Stephen King adaptations I’ve seen for a long time, can’t think of many that are in the same league. If you haven’t seen Misery then what are you waiting for?


2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Misery (1990)

  1. Great blog, with a very diverse content, ranging from modern to some old movies. You really are a movie watcher and a reviewer. You can perhaps add your favourite line from the movie. Be more daring in expressing your thoughts to the movies that you have watched and at the same time not to be biased. Paragraphing could be better. If all of those mentioned are enhanced, you will be the one-of-a-kind movie reviewer. Hope to see more from you. Have hope, write on!

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