James Caan and Kathy Bates star in this great adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘Misery’. The role of Paul Sheldon was originally offered to Jack Nicholson who declined because he didn’t want to do another Stephen King novel after working on The Shining, the part obviously went to James Caan. Kathy Bates scooped the best actress award at 1990’s 63rd Academy Awards ceremony for her role as Annie Wilkes.
When novelist Paul Sheldon crashes his car in an extremely bad snow storm he is grateful that nurse Annie Wilkes was on hand to save his life. Annie is Paul’s number one fan and a passionate lover of Paul’s fictional character “Misery” she has offered to nurse him back to health as both his legs are extremely fractured. However it soon becomes clear that Annie is a very lonely and unstable individual who decides to kidnap Paul and use methods of violence and torture to get him to do what she wants. As he gradually gets better he decides to use her current mental state against her and take the biggest risk of his life with a confrontational getaway plan.
I found Misery to be a great psychological thriller and a thoroughly enjoyable film. Kathy Bates and James Caan are both excellent and director Rob Reiner’s work here is second to none. Misery is a very powerful film with brutal scenes of violence and the whole experience offers much realism in all aspects of the word.