If it wasn’t for the movies, I wouldn’t know who Stephen King is. I absolutely love the movies made from his books books from Christine, Stand By Me, Misery, Shawshank Redemption, and definitely Carrie. The only movie I didn’t care for is It.
Now I can add another King novel turned into a movie to my list of likes and that’s Gerald’s Game.
GERALD’S GAME IS JESSE’S GAME
Gerald and Jessie head to a friend’s vacation house in the middle of nowhere to try to save their marriage by adding a little spice to their sex life. When Gerald dies and Jessie is left handcuffed to the bed, it’s Jesse who needs saving. Not just her life, but her mind and definitely her soul.
DELUSIONS OR ILLUSIONS
While Jessie is handcuffed to the bed, she begins having conversations with her dead husband as well as herself. There is also unwelcome guests that show up here and there and Jessie begins to wonder if these people are part of her delusion as well. We also have the dog that is there throughout the time of Jessie’s delusions or illusions. It depends on how you see it.
Through these incidents we learn a lot about Jessie. Through Jessie’s backstory we come to the conclusion the handcuffs are not only physical torments for her but also a symbols of her past, which she has carried her entire life. The handcuffs were not only a symbol, they were also another character in the movie as was the bed, and the slip she’s wearing. But the main symbol in the movie is her being stuck in a place in which she can call out for help all she wants, but no one will hear her.
IT WOULDN’T BE A STEPHEN KING MOVIE IF…
It wouldn’t be a Stephen King movie it there wasn’t some disturbing gory scene within the movie. Although brief, it will have you squirming and groaning with pain as you’re watching. I personally found this to be a symbol as well. Not the squirming and groaning by the viewer, but what actions Jessie had to take. Desperate times calls for desperate measures.
I absolutely loved this movie. I will be watching it a few more times for I feel I will find something new each time I watch it.
Everyone on this planet should watch the movie. You don’t have to be a Stephen King fan to enjoy the movie. I’m not a fan of his writing but enjoy the movie adaptations of his books. And as mentioned, this has been added to my favorite King books made into a movie.
Starring: Carla Gugino (The Watchmen, Sin City); Bruce Greenwood (Knots Landing, I, Robot, American Dad)
Written By: Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (based on the Stephen King novel)
Directed By: Mike Flanagan
Release Date: 29 September 2017
Country: United States
Location: Mobile, Alabama
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoe Rating: 91%
Current Streaming on Netflix
There are a number of references to previous King novels/movies within this movie:
- Gerald refers to the stray dog as Cujo
- Gerald says the line: “all things serve the beam” – Dark Towers reference
- Jessie describes a woman looking over a well (a dream she had) – this is a reference to Delores Clairborn
- Jessie describes a man with a bag of bones – Bag of Bones is another Stephen King novel