Two days in a row with a Mike Flanagan movie, with this one being based on a Stephen King novel. Like Hush, Gerald’s Game is a very confined movie that puts you right with the protagonists. The movie is about a couple who retreat to an isolated lake house to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house but Jessie ends up fighting to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame. The movie stars Carla Gugino as Jessie and Bruce Greenwood as Gerald. Carla Gugino is phenomenal in this movie, I’d even say it’s the best performance of her career. Chiara Aurelia also did a great job handling the mature situations as a young Jessie in flashbacks.
Flanagan and Gugino do an excellent job displaying the trauma (both past and present) Jessie is forced to deal with, her fight to survive while cuffed to the bed, and her fight between what is real and what are delusions brought on by the trauma. Much like with Hush Flanagan really excels at building and keeping the tension going throughout the movie, it’ll definitely keep you invested the whole time.
My one complaint about the movie is the ending. It wasn’t bad by any means, it was definitely still good, but I don’t think it was as good as the rest of the movie and I prefer the ending of the novel. I understand the choice of the ending and do think it was well done from an emotional standpoint but for some reason I just wasn’t all about it. I think it had more to do with the way it was edited but I promise it doesn’t bring the movie down at all.
This is a great Stephen King adaptation and a great psychological horror/thriller to watch leading up to Halloween.
Gerald’s Game is available on Netflix.