Misery (1990)

A terrifying and consistently suspenseful adaptation of the Stephen King shocker, Rob Reiner’s “Misery” achieves something rather rare in cinema: A Stephen King adaptation that manages to be both a faithful adaptation as well as a strong movie in its own right. Kathy Bates is electrifying as Annie Wilkes, who torments James Caan over the course of a brisk 105 minute running time, which manages both to go over a lot of material without ever feeling rushed. Caan is fine as the bedridden author, but this is all about Bates: In every scene she’s in, which is just about every one of them, she’s completely believable and scary as hell, capable of veering from warm to lethal with little warning and charging forward like an out-of-control freight train unable – and unwilling – to stop itself. Highly recommended.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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