While the book contains a much richer metaphor for overcoming addiction - as well as a more personal statement on creative freedom & the authenticity of the artist as creator - Reiner & Goldman's adaptation does well to concentrate on the surface thriller elements, with only some of the self-reflexive subtext. The result is one of the best King adaptations; a brilliantly performed, perversely funny &suspenseful work.
I've seen this film a couple of times, and I have to say that Annie Wilkes is one of the best villains ever. Kathy Bates did an amazing job incarnating the ultimate psychotic fan. It's freaking amazing to see things escalating gradually, as she begins to show her true colours. The crucifix, the penguin, the pills and all these small objects keep grabbing your attention during this claustrophobic and exciting ride.
Annie Wilkes is one of the most ridiculous characters in cinema history; I haven't the faintest idea how being a pop-eyed cartoon for 100 minutes is an Oscar-worthy achievement. That said, the last half hour was ugly and mean in a way that I found compelling enough to somewhat make up for the rest of the film.
An allegory of celebrity worship and the artist's authority of their creation, but also fettered creativity and censorship (the book burning, Bates hatred of curse words in it and censored curses.) Misery could even be read as about parental dysfunction. But, Caan's character is too consistently rationale, thus he isn't developing and there's no arc. He's the same when the film ends than when it begins.
La storia si sviluppa in maniera ordinata, facendo gradualmente aumentare il senso di pericolo. Le scene con più tensione sono strutturate bene, con buoni montaggi alternati. Il ritmo è ben dosato. L'antagonista è veramente ben caratterizzato. La regia è molto buona e struttura bene il racconto, oltre a dare la giusta enfasi ai momenti di pazzia della donna. I due protagonisti che sono eccezionali.Musiche molto belle
Stephen King wrote about his worst fear in "Misery" - about being paralyzed and trapped trapped alone with a psycho who also is your number 1 fan and force you to write books. It makes for a tight character study and gave Kathy Bates her break-through and James Caan his comeback. Easily one of the better films based on the writer's work even if the book is even more brutal.