How would you feel being locked up in a small room for several years?
How would you live?
What impact would that experience have on you?
What if you have to raise a kid in that single,tiny enclosed room…?
Room,not to be confused with the movie,’The Room’ which came out in 2006,is easily one of the best movies released in 2015.
2015 proved to be a great year for the cinephiles,as a number of beautiful movies hit the screens- Green Room,The Revenant,Sleeping Giant,Mad Max,The Big Short,The Martian,Southpaw and Inside Out,to name a few.
Among these movies,one that touched the hearts of millions of people around the world is the movie,Room.
Room is an independent drama movie by the very talented director Lenny Abrahamson (the same dude who directed some really good movies like ‘Frank'(2014) and ‘What Richard Did’ (2012)) and the screenplay written by Emma Donoghue.
The movie stars Brie Larson (my favorite actress),Jacob Tremblay,Joan Allens,Sean Bridgers and William H. Macy in a terrific act.
The story is primarily about a five year old kid,Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who is born and raised by his mother,Joy (Brie Larson) in the confinement of a small room,which is actually a shed,where they are held captive by a man called Old Nick (Sean Bridgers).
This is a movie of which I really have to curb my desire to write the synopsis of, because any reveal of the story will pretty much ruin the fantastic experience of the movie.Iam just going to discuss the good and the bad of it.
By the way,you can get the idea of the awesomeness of the movie by the fact that it had won an Academy Award for the Best Actress(Brie Larson) and won another 99 awards.Yup,a total of 100 different awards are bagged by the movie!
The raving IMDB movie reviews also point out how much it was adored by the audience.One reviewer even began the review with the lines-“The best film I’ve seen in years: indescribable!“
If that fact doesn’t make you run and rent the DVD of the movie,then nothing else will.
The movie did a great job in depicting the psychological effects inflicted on a mother and her only child as a result of their enslavement in the small shed for several years.
The cinematography of the movie is absolutely flawless.
The shooting of the characters in a small room is a real feat to accomplish and the director and his team did a very commendable job in making the movie beautiful to watch.You become the character Jack when he explores the world and the environment.One of the better cinematographic scenes were the ‘Truck scene‘ (no,Iam not going to tell you what happens in it),in which I caught myself sitting on the edge of my seat, my fist clenched tight and my breath on hold.It’s that perfect! You will know what I mean when you see the movie.
But the real achievement is the shooting of the movie in a shed in such a way that you don’t feel claustrophobic,but are immersed in the struggles of the mother and the son in that tiny little room.
The strongest point of the movie it is.
Iam a shameless fan of the actress Brie Larson.She always transcends each and every movie that she happens to act in, whether she is acting the role of quiet and romantic ‘Cassidy’ in the movie-The Spectacular Now (2013),the emotionally mature ‘Grace’ in the awesome drama movie,Short Term 12 (review coming soon) or the serious drug dealer ‘Molly’ in the hilarious movie, 21 Jump Street.You have to give it to her for her spectacular acting in diverse roles and the superb ability to mold herself according to the character that movie requires.
Iam so glad that her talent is now officially recognized,and she has won the Academy Award for the Best Actress, for portraying the role of Joy ‘Ma'(Jack’s mother) in this movie.She gave the performance so good that you actually happen to feel her anguish, pain and distress through you.
One also cannot overlook the performance of Jacob Tremblay as Jack.Despite being a kid,he pulled the nuisances of the character very craftily,perfectly more so.It’s the little narrations from him sprinkled throughout the movie which makes it even more endearing to watch.You will definitely fall in love with Jack.After all,the movie would have fall flat had not Jack made us fall in love with him in the first half of the movie.
I absolutely see a powerful actor growing up in Jacob.
The supporting cast of great actors and actresses such as Sean Bridgers,Joan Allen and William Macy raised this movie to the level of absolute masterpiece.
Other often overlooked feature of the movies are the screenplays.
Emma Donoghue,the playwright and novelist,wrote the screenplay in such a way that there is no dull or redundant moment in the entire movie.Credits should be given for her work in coming up with such tight and dramatic screenplay which I feel must had been quiet a tough job yet done extremely well.
Oh,and the acting of Brie Larson was out of the world.Literally!
Lenny Abrahamson,an Irish director has received accolades on several occasions on his talent to direct complex movies and make it seem all effortless.This fact is very evident when you watch any of his movies,especially,the extremely visually stunning Garage (2007).
In this movie,he moved a step further and showed his capabilities to the world of cinema by means of taking care of even minuscule intricacies involved during the making of the movie.It is a milestone which only promises us that his upcoming movies are only going to be better.
Did I mention that Brie Larson did fabulous acting in the movie?
The original score given by Stephen Rennicks in the movie is fantastic.The emotional highs and lows in the movie are accompanied by the beautiful tracks,which make the experience of the movie even more intense.Emotional movies and horror movies are the two categories of cinema which make use of a lot of music,eerie or stimulating depending on the cinema.Any imperfection in the background score makes the entire movie kind of lame.
This movie is has got background score which are impeccable.
Time to point out the glaring flaws in the movie:
The pacing of the movie is extremely hectic,and at times,the audience is forced to question the rather quick development of the characters.
This is very understandable because the movie is jam-packed with content and had a lot to show.Thus,it would easily have been over a three hour movie had everything done in a gentle manner, allowing the characters to evolve naturally.I have seen movies which are over three hours long and did great job-‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ and the classic ‘Godfather’ series,come to mind.
So yes,the pacing and character development feels rushed.
The logic in the movie is really screwed at times.This fact is efficiently concealed because the movie is made with an underlying emotional tone.A critical look at the movie though,uncovers some really glaring fucked up logic staring right at you which are at times worse than Tarantino movies.
It is actually quiet hard to find a movie nowadays which gets everything right.’The Drop’ (review coming soon) which was released back in 2014,was close to perfection in my opinion.
I seriously believe that the person or the team which made the trailer of the movie,really held some mean grudges against the entire crew.
The trailer of the movie is absolutely horrible!
The job of the trailer is to lure the audience into watching the movie by giving some juicy snippets away,but rather than intriguing the audience,it moved them away,as a result the movie didn’t gain much traction when it was released.Hell,even I haven’t heard about it until I googled movies released in 2015.
Iam including the trailer of the movie in the post, but I urge you to skip watching it and watch the movie right up.
Watch The Trailer
Inspite of the movie being flawed and illogical at some places,it is one which you will enjoy watching…a lot.
The movie is done extremely well and the struggles and the aftermath of being locked up in a room for several years is portrayed very deftly.It is one harrowing experience to begin with but a blissful end…oops.
It is a must watch according to Sanity Dose team.
Sanity Dose Rating: 8/10
Until Next Time,