A tightly scripted, suspenseful thriller from Rob Reiner of all people!
Kathy Bates is absolutely terrifying in the role she'll always be remembered for, for better or worse. She becomes the crazed Annie Wilkes, chewing up the scenery left and right. Not to be outdone is the always reliable James Caan as her captive author who brings true dread and helplessness to his role. Richard Farnsworth makes a great turn as a sheriff with a lot of heart and quick wit which is a nice change of pace from all the crazy happening in the cabin.
Reiner proves he can make a masterful suspense film with Misery. His choice to film a lot of the dialogue head on, where the characters seem to address the audience is brilliant.
The cast and direction help this film rise above the usual mediocrity of Stephen King adaptations and along with The Shining, Misery might be one of the best.