A 666-Character Review of ‘Misery’
Paul Sheldon finishes his new book and gets into a devastating car accident. He’s saved by Annie Wilkes, his biggest fan who nurses him back to health. When she finds her favorite character Misery dies, Annie forces him to resurrect Misery in a new book or face painful consequences. This tense film all hinges on Annie’s mood. She can be cheerful, but at the smallest provocation, she can release her rage on her invalid charge. Her bouts of deep depression put her on the edge of suicide. Her moods are completely unpredictable. You can’t help but feel for Paul as he takes abuse and struggles to find ways to escape. Their relationship is complicated because Paul needs her to survive despite the danger she threatens. Misery is a must watch just for amazing performances by Kathy Bates and James Caan.