WOW. I had heard nothing but amazing things about this film, and Misery didn’t disappoint. Based off of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, the story centers on an author named Paul Sheldon (played by James Caan), who is writing his last Misery novel (basically the Harry Potter of this film). After wrecking his car in a snow storm, a nurse named Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) rescues him and tends to his injuries. She also happens to be his biggest fan. Things start out innocently enough, but Paul discovers that Annie isn’t as sweet as she appears.
The acting in this film is phenomenal, in particular Kathy Bates. Her performance captures the extreme side of celebrity fanaticism, and she expertly switches between moods and emotions. Oh, and that hobbling scene is just as intense as you would imagine it to be. James Caan is also great as the antagonized author. His panic is palpable, and you root for him to get out of the hellhole he’s found himself in.
The atmosphere of Misery definitely adds to the overall film. Claustrophobic and tense, you feel like you’re trapped with Paul in Annie’s home, with no hope of escape. When Paul starts sweating, you start feeling a little warm as well, and when icy bursts of snow blow across the screen, the temperature in the room seems to drop.
This is an incredible thriller with an amazing cast and precise direction by Rob Reiner, with a fantastic story. A must-watch for anyone.
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