As great a movie as Misery is, it’s overall quality seems to flow from two things:
- William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel; and,
- The performances.
The one thing it’s overall quality doesn’t flow from:
- Rob Reiner’s completely bland and uninteresting direction.
I mourn the loss of the movie this would have made had somebody with a flair for the material – i.e. Brian Depalma – directed it instead of wasting his time on crap like The Bonfire of the Vanities.