Misery

This film is a simple one. An author wants to finally write what he has been meaning to write for years. After he finishes his novel, he drives from his hotel in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the blizzard and his car crashes. A kindly woman who is also a nurse rescues him and nurses him back to health. However there is something off about this woman…

Everyone that has seen this film and I have listened to or read their reviews praises Kathy Bates. She is amazing in this film. She can turn on the crazy like a flip of a light switch and you believe her every moment. The scene that most exemplifies her performance is when she takes a sledgehammer to the author’s ankles. She explains it in such a calm and cool manner, the viewer knows that she believes this is the only way to keep her man by her side. That is what is most scary. It isn’t when she is yelling, but when she coaxed him in that sweet small voice of hers. I have always thought  that Kathy Bates is a wonderful actress and she does not disappoint here.

Thrillers, especially small ones where it involves only a couple of characters, are really hard to pull off. The direction should never get in way of the dialogue and character development and sometimes directors have a hard time realizing that and they make films that are not that suspenseful. What is suspenseful is the subtly. This film gets the subtleness just right. Reiner does not get in the way of his actors and only uses the camera to show just how isolated the setting is and that is about it. There is nothing else that needs to be done. Simple is so hard to pull off.

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