Despite the literal manifestation of the Moonlight Man destroying its grounded realism, Gerald's Game is deep in its metaphor of feminist liberation from male sexual aggression. While not reaching the nail-biting tension of Cortes' Buried, and despite its dramatic rhythm and emotional pacing being slack, with its dimension and potent dark humor, it's still an enduring effort.
The coda seems necessary, providing a point of catharsis. It underlines the central themes of abuse & survival, while also showing how the protagonist is finally able to accept that she wasn't to blame. The way the editing conflates the two abusers of Jess into one supposedly imaginary bogeyman figure, reinforces the idea, quite disturbingly, that some monsters are real. The performances & adaptation are impeccable.
An unexpectedly intense yet very contained cinematic version of a novel deemed "unfilmable". By no means perfect, but holds the viewer on the edge of his/her seat almost the whole time with some themes of effects of mental abuse scattered throughout. Worth a look.
Unlike most Stephen King adaptations, this one actually manages to be creepy and disturbing to a level that not reading the book feels like a major omission. Although effective and precise in its execution, in the end it seems like a long episode of some fashionable TV show - where quality of each episode makes previous episodes forgettable. Recommendable as a Netflix entertainment but far from cinema experience.
im not reading the reviews on here but someone told me men were going off being dumb and wrong as usual when it comes to women-centered horror and i believe it bcs i knew they would as soon as it was over. i love women and i love how they rule all of low-genre cinema - which have and remain the only truly subversive arts. melodrama, made-for-tv, horror, soaps... reclaimed rightfully
Gerald's Game is one of those Stepehen King's books i got obsessed with when I was younger, it scared me a lot. The movie did not scare me, but unsettled me, made me want to stop watching and I thinks thats a good thing for a film like this. Carla was amazing , it has its flaws mostly towards the end but def recommend it!
That masturbation scene under the red eclipse was one of the creepiest things I've watched recently. We didn't need to have everything explained so clearly - even the Moonlight Man, who turned out to be a real -life serial killer - and I would have liked for it to end on a more somber/mysterious note... but it was fun to watch. (And Gerald was fiiiiiine for his age!)
I think I'm very lucky. Why? Because I didn't read its plot summary before watching this movie. And I think it's the right decision. At first - I thought GERALD'S GAME is like any other romance movie. A movie about husband and wife with their marriage problems. And I was wrong, TOTALLY WRONG. I forgot it's an adaptation from Stephen King's novel. GERALD'S GAME is one of the best movie of 2017. Carla Gugino nailed it!