I'd like to start off with the films one and only problem/flaw it has before I start explaining my positive thoughts on the film. The problem would be that pig Kathy Bates character has as a pet. I felt that it was a distraction to the film and also unnecessary. If the pig wasn't in the film at all then 'Misery' would have been flawless. Funny way to start off a review, I know, but anyways. Now to explain the triumphant upsides about 'Misery' that based on the book by the horror master Stephen King coming from the director of, another great Stephen King adaptation, 'Stand By Me', Rob Reiner.
'Misery' is about a book writer named Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is known well famous for writing his Misery novels. Paul has written so much about Misery that his new book that is about to come out will be his last of Misery, but that doesn't leave Paul totally satisfied when it comes to worrying about his fans when they see that he killed off Misery, as his agent and editor, Marcia Sindell (Lauren Bacall) says.
Paul has just finished working on his new book that for once hasn't nothing to do with Misery. One day after checking out of his favorite hotel lodge, Paul takes a drive in a blizzard storm and gets in a car accident, but not to worry because a nurse named Annie Winkles (Kathy Bates) rescues Paul from the freezing storm and terrible accident that he could have been killed in. Annie takes Paul to her home and takes care of him finding it an honor for Paul to be in her home because Annie is in love with Paul's Misery and is also his "Number One Fan".
There are strange things while Paul's stay at Annie's inside her home and outside her home. What is going on outside after days after the accident Paul gets reported missing. His agent Sindell is worried about Paul and asks a sheriff named Buster (Richard Farnsworth) to do some investigation searching for Paul. Inside the home of Annie Winkles things at first seem good for Paul, but as the days go by slowly Annie's attitude go negative. It gets worse for Paul when his final Misery book gets released and Annie reads what happened to Misery in the end of the book. Annie goes psycho and begins to hurt Paul while he is in pain.
Now Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery book to come back to life. Paul has no choice when he's in a wheelchair trapped in a house owned by a psychopath. Paul used to write for a living, but now he has to write to live. It's a man-on-wheels vs. crazy-psycho-lady battle between Paul and Annie in this really, really crazy-good story.
This one of the best things about the movie is the story. The story is so complex, well-thought of, and at the same time geniusly creative. Stephan King certainly know how to use his horror right, The way that not only King uses the horror, but also the director Rob Reiner, is not only visually, not just uses actors, but with its story and storytelling. In this good story it makes you think to yourself "What the hell could you possibly do if you're trapped in the home of an insane psychopath sitting on a wheelchair in a terrible condition as a popular and brilliant celebrity that people love? Not only that, but what if you were that psycho's number one fan that falls in love with you? What the hell are you going to do in a situation like that?" That's what King's and Reiner's 'Misery' shows us with its good story of horror.
Now what's the best part about 'Misery'? Well if you asked me if I have seen a female performance that's better than Kathy Bates frightening performance in 'Misery' I'll answer back "No!" That's right! You're all getting the message now! Kathy Bates magnificent Oscar-winning performance in 'Misery' is not only the best thing about the film, but also the best female performance I have ever seen. Her acting is so great that you don't know that Kathy Bates is even there! Playing the role of a psycho-woman that from sweet and harmless to dangerous and scary back and forth and back and forth is something that I could not see just any other Hollywood actress perform, even if they're a great actress. Kathy Bates steals the show.
James Caan's performance is as excellent as Kathy Bates performance. Only difference is that James's acting not nearly great as Bates acting. Still Caan gives us a great performance.
Overall with (once again) a crazy-good story, tremendous performances, and malicious directing, 'Misery' is one of Rob Reiner's best films and another Stephen King adaption winner!