RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 118 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION LENNY ABRAHAMSON SCREENPLAY EMMA DONOGHUE STARRING BRIE LARSON, JACOB TREMBLAY, JOAN ALLEN, SEAN BRIDGERS, WILLIAM H. MACY, TOM McCAMUS MUSIC STEPHEN RENNICKS
24-year old Joy (Brie Larson) and her 5-year old son, Jack (Jacob Trembley), live in a Room – a small room with a kitchen, toilet, stove and everything essential really. Little that we know, they did not choose to live that way.
The less you know about the story of the film the better, so I try to keep my review brief.
It actually took me a while to process this film because I wasn’t really sure how much I liked it. The truth is, the movie is a straight up family drama. It’s kinda weird to say that because of the subject matter.
But the same way, and even more so this movie could be described as a coming of age story because it’s being told from Jack’s perspective and really is about him becoming to know the world, literally.
The movie is divided in two parts. The first half plays inside the room and the second half plays outside. It really took me by surprise because once you get to know what really is going on, you expect the movie to go a certain direction. But it totally doesn’t and that’s why I wasn’t so sure, if I liked it that way. But after thinking about it I was like, yeah, maybe this was the direction to go. After all, I wasn’t expecting it, and everything I don’t expect has a high chance of surprising me and being original.
However, one thing that nevertheless bothered me a bit, is that during the second half I was waiting for something to happen. For some reason this movie doesn’t seem to have a 2nd act. There is one scene that feels like it may be, but it happens so early in the film and, to be honest, not much happens really. After that scene the film continues and feels like a straight line, when it comes to emotion.
I’m not saying every movie needs a strong 2nd act, but from a movie like this I was certainly expecting one.
Anyway, let’s talk about the obvious things here, the performances! My-oh-my! What great efforts! Brie Larson already won the Oscar for that role before I even saw the film, and yes, she fucking deserves it! BUT she wasn’t the star of the film. Jaco Trembley steals the show! Holy fuck, I’m calling it right now. That’s the best child actor performance I have EVER seen! I don’t know the rules of the academy, when it comes to age restrictions for being nominated. But this kid deserves every praise he gets. In my opinion, he could have had a shot in stealing the Oscar from Leo, that’s how good he is in this film. No kidding!
It may sound like I didn’t like the movie as much as the majority of critics, and while I may have expected more, I can’t deny that it is a very good film. If you like dramas and actor driven movies, you absolutely have to watch it, no question. Also, the topic the movie is based on is disgusting to say the least. I hope that justice will be found for the pieces of shit people who do this particular thing to others.
Did I get you intrigued? I hope! Go see the film!