Imagine waking up in a room that's not yours. You're a writer and you had an accident. A severe car accident. You instantly feel pain in your legs. You also hear a voice. The voice says "I am your number one fan. There's nothing to worry about. You're going to be just fine. I'll take good care of you." What would you think?
This happens to novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan). He's a very successful writer. He's well known for writing a series of novels about a woman called 'Misery'. But Paul is done with writing books about Misery. It might have given him a lot of success and money. but he wants to do something else. So he decides to write a final book about Misery. In this book, she'll die. He wrote the book and steps into his car to go to his publisher. But then he gets in this terrible accident. He doesn't remember anything. He just wakes up at the home of Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates). She calls herself his 'number one fan'. Paul is one lucky man: His number one fan is a nurse! She took care of him after the accident. And now he's recovering in her house. She tells him that she couldn't take him to the hospital: The roads are closed and the phone lines are down. She tells him: As soon as the roads are open, I'll take you to the hospital.
I received this DVD for Christmas from Sigmund in 2015. We watched the movie soon because I really wanted to see it. I saw a vlog review about it and that drew my attention. And I must say: It's my favorite movie ever. Definitely one of the best movies I have ever watched. And I don't say that quickly. The movie is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name from 1987. When I watched the movie I wouldn't have guessed it was based on a Stephen King Novel. And Kathy Bates even won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Misery. And that's deservedly! Kathy Bates really does an incredible job in this movie. She portrays Annie in an incredible way.
Paul Sheldon - Misery
How would you feel if you were Paul? Lucky? You might have died out there if Annie hadn't rescued you. But.. think twice! Annie asks Paul if she can read the book he's working on. He is still recovering in her house. And after all, she's his number one fan! Sh assures Paul that she called his daughter and publisher. And she even spoke to a surgeon from the hospital. The roads are still closed and as soon as they're open they will send an ambulance. They told her Paul is no danger because she took good care of him! And then she starts reading the book. She starts to give Paul some criticism on what she reads. There's too much swearing. When Paul doesn't agree, she gets angry. That's where we start to see the real Annie. Later on, she regrets it and apologizes. Reassuring she thinks Paul is brilliant. But then she finds out that Misery dies in the book. This is where she snaps. She's terribly angry, which is really frightening! She admits that she never called anyone. No one Paul is with her. Here, the true misery starts for Paul. Annie is not letting him leave. She's his number one fan. She decides he's going to rewrite the book. As you can see on the cover of the DVD: "Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he's writing to stay alive. "
My thoughts on Misery
I think this movie is incredible. It's a thriller. And the suspense is there, constantly! I sat on the edge of my seat the whole time. It's done brilliantly. You feel for Paul. So. Much. And Kathy Bates does an incredible job in portraying Annie. Annie is crazy! And so unpredictable. The whole movie you're just hoping Paul can get away. I've never seen a movie with so much suspense in it. (Without dropping bodies every 5 seconds). The characters are so relatable. The only thing you want is for Paul to get away from there. But he's tied to the bed. He can't walk. Can he escape his number one fan?
What I also love about the movie is the sheriff and his wife! Paul publicist calls the sheriff of the little village where Paul was writing his book. she hasn't heard from him in days and she's a bit worried. The sheriff and his wife aren't used to anything happening in their village. I think this conversation between him and his wife says it all: His wife says: "We got a phone call? Busy morning." The sheriff's answer is: "Yeah. Work, work, work." Like I said: they're not used to anything happening out there. But they are willing to help and try the best they can. Even though they're not used to it. Even though the movie is full of suspense and has me tied down to my chair it manages to add some funny part with this couple. I love their dialogs! It's a very good variation on the scenes in Annie's house.
Really, I recommend this movie to everyone! Check it out! I won't tell anything about the ending or how the story proceeds. You have to see it for yourself. I can just say.. calling yourself someone's 'number one fan' will sound very differently after you've watched Misery!