Room by Emma Donoghue
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Released September 4th, 2015
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers
Rating: 4 stars
After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
I went into this movie with incredibly high expectations. I hadn’t read the book, sure, and therefore didn’t really know what to expect plot-wise, but I’ve heard amazing things about it and the trailer looked incredible. But honestly, despite my high expectations, I never expected to be this blown away by it.
The story centers on the main character Jack, a 5 year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother Joy (Brie Larson). I can’t even begin to describe what an amazing job these actors did in playing these roles; I was completely astounded how both of them managed to capture the voice of these two characters so seamlessly.
Joy, the mother, has been kidnapped and held captive by a man for 7 years. It was amazing to see how she managed to be such an incredible person and mother even after all these years, and she’s honestly one of the strongest characters I’ve met. The movie shows some of her daily accounts and experiences with Jack, and her experiences seemed to be depicted extremely realistically.
After living in an enclosed room for years, Joy and Jack finally escape. I can only imagine what it would be like to finally be released into the world after living in a tiny garden shed for the first 5 years of your life, but Jacob Tremblay managed to capture this experience perfectly. The movie accounts on Jack’s experience of getting to know all the people, places, and things we all take for granted, and it was a really amazing and awe-inspiring to see.
My only issue with this film was that some parts seemed to be a bit tedious; I think they could have shortened it a bit. However, I don’t think this took away much from my enjoyment level because of the long-lasting affect it had on me.
There were definitely some scenes that made me tear up, but overall, it was more of an uplifting and enlightening experience. Though it was a bit tedious at times, I don’t think this took away very much from my enjoyment level due to the long-lasting affect it had on me. Room was a beautiful, well-done, honest, inspiring film, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing it again. Definitely recommend!