A kidnapped mother and son escape from a room in which they have endured imprisonment for the entirety of the boy's life.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay
Initial Review by Bryan Hartman
Lenny Abrahamson’s adaptation of the book was fantastic. Room is terribly sad emotionally and physically. At one point tears were pouring out of my eyes. I found myself in knots emotionally over trapping two individuals and even for a brief moment found myself second guessing whether these Ma and Jack were better off inside the room.
Larson and Tremblay nail the mother-son relationship at a young age. Jack turns 5 as the show begins, but emotionally he acts more like a 3 year old. Many things Ma says to Jack are near verbatim phrases heard in my home or friends’ home when dealing with a 3 year old’s temper.
One of the best things Abrahamson does it actually make the characters and the viewer reconsider whether two people should be trapped in a 10’ x 10’ room – if even for a fleeting second. It’s an incredible feat.
Some fleeting thoughts
Cons: William H. Macy’s character (Jack’s paternal grandfather) did nothing for plot. They could have developed a stronger bond between mother and son on screen.
Jack riding in the truck. My heart was pounding despite knowing what was going to happen.
Jack playing with Legos in the closet.
Ma and Jack’s morning exercise.
I don’t think it was perfect, but I’ll open with an A-. Good choice self.