Day 59. Misery (1990). Directed by Rob Reiner

Misery (1990) score: 79%

Misery’s practical effects and cinematography haven’t aged well, but I still love it. I also still love Misery despite it being the most thinly veiled metaphor for himself out of all of Stephen King’s stories. That’s because it’s suffocatingly claustrophobic, due almost entirely to the ambience that Kathy Bates’ Annie Wilkes creates. Without her, Misery wouldn’t have been quite so miserable.

Credit must of course also be given to King, because despite the fact Misery acts as an embodiment of his own struggles to write throughout his substance abuse, Annie Wilkes is one of his most imaginative and believable creations.


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