ROOM tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited 5-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Like any good mother, Ma dedicates herself to keeping Jack happy and safe, nurturing him with warmth and love and doing typical things like playing games and telling stories. Their life, however, is anything but typical--they are trapped--confined to a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space that Ma has euphemistically named Room. Ma has created a whole universe for Jack within Room, and she will stop at nothing to ensure that, even in this treacherous environment, Jack is able to live a complete and fulfilling life. But as Jack's curiosity about their situation grows, and Ma's resilience reaches its breaking point, they enact a risky plan to escape, ultimately bringing them face-to-face with what may turn out to be the scariest thing yet: the real world. Written by A24
November 25, 2015
Room for another Nomination?
In Room, not to be confused with the laughably bad cult classic the Room (2003), Brie Larson plays Joy, mother to young son Jack (Jacob Tremblay). Daily she tries to teach her son about the world around them. Only twist is the two are being held captive in a 10X10 room in a psychotic rapist’s back yard for the past 5 years; all of young Jack’s life. Joy puts together a plan to help Jack escape. Now the fear lies not so much in the daring escape, but Jack’s first look at the world outside the room.
This film is a major player in the Oscar race this year; Best Director Lenny Abrahamson, Best Picture, Best Actress Brie Larson and Best adapted screenplay. Not to take anything away from these but I think they missed the best part of this film. Jacob Tremblay’s performance made this film. The underlying metaphor of this film is that life is too short. We need to embrace the world around us and venture outside our comfort zone to experience it. Jacob’s innocent and spirited performance makes this movie an Oscar contender. I think he holds his own against young Anna Paquin in The Piano (1993) or Jodi Foster in Taxi Driver (1976), who garnered Oscar attention. This film has many other great additional performances William H. Macey and Joan Allen, but the driving force of this emotional drama is Jacob Tremblay.
On pure entertainment value this film is just okay. A dumbed down synopsis, like the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” only not funny. It is powerful and suspenseful early on, but emotionally draining. See it once for a drama with great performances. I don’t see it winning Best picture, I’d go 50/50 on Brie winning for her performance against Oscar favorite Cate Blanchett. Overall you might want to pass if it is your turn to pick.
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