January 10th: Misery


Release Date: 1990
Director: Rob Reiner
Why I picked this: Recommendation from a friend

A suspenseful film based on the Stephen King story, “Misery” is carried by performances from Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for this movie, and James Caan. Bates portrays an unstable and murderous admirer and stalker of Caan’s author character, and the film follows his struggle as he attempts to outsmart and escape from Bates, even with his injured legs from a car crash. Caan plays Paul Sheldon, an intelligent and scheming character, constantly thinking of new methods of escape whenever the previous one fails. Bates’ Annie Wilkes is brutal, cunning, and out of control, and makes a formidable opponent to Paul Sheldon. Richard Farnsworth plays the local sheriff who searches for Sheldon, and while his character is smart and likable, he ultimately had no important role in the movie overall. There are various intense “close call” sequences, all well-directed.

I don’t have a lot to say other than it was masterfully acted, well directed, and intense, with Kathy Bates being the stand out performer.

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