While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.
Gerald’s Game is directed by Mike Flanagan and is the feature film adaptation of the novel by Stephen King. I was pretty excited for Gerald’s Game, mostly because I love very contained thrillers and Mike Flanagan’s filmography is definitely not something to scoff at. Gerald’s Game was both impressive and frustrating to me.
There’s just so much to like with Gerald’s Game, it might be Netflix’s best original movie so far. The suspense is just so real and grounded. Flanagan’s direction shines so much here. Gerald’s Game is a book that seems almost impossible to transfer from page to screen, but credit to Flanagan and his crew because they did an incredible job especially when you consider the task at hand.
One of the best things with Gerald’s Game is its sense of unpredictability. You really never know what is coming next, and you’re constantly trying to think of a way that she can get out of the cuffs. The movie almost handcuffs its audience to and takes you into Jessie’s mind providing for a very claustrophobic experience. There is one sequence towards the end of the film that is so brutal that I could hardly look at the screen, this goes further than anything to show just how effective the filmmaking is here. With all of this in mind, the best part of Gerald’s Game is Carla Gugino’s beyond impressive performance. She absolutely dominates this movie as Jessie and should (should being the keyword here) warrant an Oscar Nomination for her performance.
My problem with Gerald’s Game is rooted within the novel by Stephen King. The ending of Gerald’s Game is just dumb for lack of a better term. What is most frustrating about it was just how good the film was up to that point. It went from one of my favorites of the year to a complete head scratcher. I understand the point of wanting to stay loyal to the source material but I can’t help but imagine how much better the film would’ve been if it ended 5 minutes earlier.