misery movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Although the violence is graphic and isn’t okay for kids, it’s honestly necessary to make the story more thrilling. James Caan and Kathy Bates are also very well-acted.


After a best-selling author gets into a car accident in the snow and is rescued by his obsessed “no. one fan”, he discovers that she is imprisoning him and forcing him to write stories for her.

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Movie details

Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth
Writer: William Goldman
Release Date (Australia): 28 March 1991
Runtime: 107 minutes/1h 47m
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

Thematic material centres on an author who is detained in a house by a mentally disturbed woman against his will. There are also prolonged scenes of threat, as well as a scene in which a woman breaks a man’s legs using a sledgehammer.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains scenes of violence including including graphic bone-breaking detail, the bloody shooting of a man and a woman being bludgeoned by heavy objects.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains infrequent and aggressive use of the words “f**k” and “c**ksucker”.

Drug Use (PG)

A man is drugged several times by a woman.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Rob Reiner’s remarkable adaption of Misery is gripping, twisted, very effectively acted and is without any question one of the best thrillers of all time. Bates and Caan are simply natural stars, as they produce very convincing character personalities. But the gripping routine of the film is stunning and has several highlight scenes that are very exciting and ominous.

First of all, the climatic point of this book-based thriller is incredible. It’s disturbing, graphic and very shocking, and is also what thriller fans truly desire. But of course the climax is saved until after the film’s other sequences of manipulation and uncertainty, in which without giving any spoilers (that need to be avoided for people who haven’t seen the movie), which feature very graphically chilling visuals and amazing use of background music.

James Caan takes the roll as Paul Sheldon, a successful writer, who is imprisoned by his “number-one” fan, Annie Wilkes, who is played by Kathy Bates. Paul Sheldon is our casual and norm thriller protagonist. He’s a spectacular character, but Misery’s antagonist is phenomenal. Annie Wilkes is amazingly-produced and extraordinarily-performed.

These unique Stephen King characters blend excellently into the finely-formed tale. If it weren’t clear enough, Misery is also a really moving and engaging thriller, but is definitely chilling, twisted and disturbing. It’s an astonishing storyline targeting a disabled character’s struggle to escape the house of his manipulator. Misery isn’t directly a horror or scary movie, but is psychologically thrilling, no matter how many times you witness it.

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