Who can forget Kathy Bates as Annie Wilkes in the Stephen King adaptation of the same-named novel? Annie leaps into the role of carer, accepting all of the responsibilities that entails. Annie
turns this on its head when she “saves” her favorite novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) from a terrible car accident. Some individuals require their needs to be met, and Annie is not about to let Paul
recover without a battle. Annie, it turns out, has a long history of inadequate caring abilities that have left a trail of destruction in her wake .
Annie takes care of the writer in a very polite and satisfying manner in the beginning. She takes care of his health and keeps a check on his medical conditions as she herself was a nurse. She used
to keep a check on his medication and planned to take him up to the hospital as well. However, Annie starts to turn violent with the author when she learns that Sheldon is murdering off one of her favorite
characters from his novels, her devotion takes a terrible turn. Annie becomes increasingly controlling, even aggressive, as she drives the author to mold his writing to suit her warped fantasies and
Sheldon devises escape schemes.
While she used to take out her anger on the writer time and again, she was obsessed with the writer’s story and wanted happy ending. She forced the writer to come up with a better story where her favorite
character isn’t going to die. She literally forces the writer to change the plot of the story. While Sheldon is trying to come up with a new plan story and plot Annie makes sure Sheldon is taken care of.
The story revolves around Sheldon trying to escape from Annie. In the end he changes the whole story so that Annie doesn’t harm him and lets him go. However her obsession takes a U-turn and she falls in love with him and wants him to stay with her even if that means forcing him to stay. A police officer somehow manages to find where Sheldon is but gets murdered by Annie. A fight ensues that results in Annie’s death. Sheldon finally manages to escape and publish his book.
Annie clearly had underlying mental issues and though she wanted to care for Sheldon, her long history of not being able to cope up with the caregiving responsibilities ended up in hurting people.
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Review Courtesy: Rashi Khetan