Gerald’s Game is THE best Stephen King film of 2017.
This may be considered a controversial opinion especially as It had broken box office records across the globe, but it’s one that I’ll stand by.
For avid readers of this website they may have noticed how much of a fan I am of director Mike Flanagan’s work following Absentia, Oculus, and three entries last year with Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Before I Wake.
His latest entry though (available now on Netflix) has confirmed his place as a master craftsmen in his field.
Another confirmation which if ignored will be criminal is the acting prowess of Carla Gugino who had long been carving out an impressive career and delivers a powerful performance in this Stephen King film adaptation.
Gerald’s Game which was supposedly ‘unfilmable’ tells the story of Jessie and Gerald who are trying to spice up their marriage with a weekend retreat to a lake house, only for things to go awry when Gerald suffers a heart attack leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed.
She must now use her wits in order to break herself free from her chains but in doing so she must also internally face a Dark past that continues to haunt her.
Gugino delivers such diversity on screen and is ably supported by Bruce Greenwood (Gerald) and Henry Thomas (Jessie’s father) as told in flashbacks.
The audience is guided through Jessie’s plight without it feeling contrived and we flow through each scenario as Jessie goes deeper into her secret ‘well’ in order to gain the strength she needs to pull through.
Flanagan appears to have a deep fascination with the human psyche and once again is able to tap into that inner turmoil and present humanity at its most unstable as a result.
I can’t wait to see what dark recess of the mind that he unearths with his next project.
- Paul Farrell