An exceptionally well made psychological suspense film, Misery is a nightmare of captivity, the return of the fanatic in the fan, and adulation meeting derangement with nasty outcomes.
The two leads are marvellous to watch. Bates deservedly won a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as the deeply disturbed Annie. With unnerving timing Bates effortlessly switches between caring nurse, manic oppressor and self-pitying victim, Annie clearly tormented by internal demons that prevent her from functioning within society's norms. Bates captures all that resides within Annie behind a tense mouth and eyes that pretend at affection while burning with a desire to control and destroy, seeking vengeance on some unspoken injustice that exists in her damaged mind.
Misery of course loves company, and Annie longs to keep Paul as a permanent companion. Except that he refuses to submit to her miserable world, which makes for a grand conflict between two memorable adversaries.
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