Monday, January 4, 2016
So what is the premise that I speak of? Well, we aren't told a whole lot to begin with, so I'm going to be walking on glass here, so to speak, as I describe this because I don't want to give too much away. Yet I know that many people reading this may not have even heard of this movie, so I want to give enough to intrigue you. Basically there is a big story going on around us and the movie starts out right in the middle of all the drama. We are in a 10 x 10 room of some sort with a mother and her five-year-old son. Something happened to mother seven years previous where she became trapped in this room by a certain person, causing her to spend many nights crying before she finally turned into a zombie. Then the little boy came from heaven and dropped into the scene and now the two are living together as they are both trapped in this room. You can probably put together the pieces based on what I just said, but that's essentially how the little boy described the situation as it's him that's narrating this story. In fact, it's his movie. Everything we learn and see are essentially from his perspective and that perspective is very limited because his mother has chosen to protect him by not saying anything.
I don't want to talk much about the second half of the movie, but I will briefly say that the boy does learn that there is a world around him and his reaction to this is fantastic. Huge props go out to this young kid named Jacob Tremblay for pulling off this performance. Good child actors are hard to come by. I always grade child actors on a different scale than I do adult actors, but this performance by Jacob Tremblay is honestly one of the best performances by a child actor that I have ever seen. I kid you not when I say that. He does such a good job that it doesn't even feel like he's acting at all. It's as if he's living this situation on screen. I believe he's actually eight years old instead of five in real life, but that's just fine because he acts exactly like a five-year-old boy would act if he were in this situation. The first scene where he sees the outside world for the first time is a beautiful scene and his reaction to that is perfect. It's not a moment of wonder and awe for him. It's more of a look of confusion and disbelief as his whole world that he's ever known literally just changed and he doesn't know how to handle it.
Apparently much of the buzz around this film surrounds the performance of Brie Larson as the mother. She's the one that's actually being talked about as winning the best actress award at this year's Oscars. If she does, I'm definitely not going to complain. Her performance is absolutely amazing, especially the scenes she has with her son. That mother/son relationship is one of the best and most believable mother/son relationships on screen that I can think of right now. I just feel like given what she's been through that her character should've been a lot more broken than she is, which is why I personally would give more praise to the son. As I think about it, I should also give a lot of praise to the director or other crew members that worked with this kid to get this performance out of him. I feel there would have to be a lot of behind-the-scenes work in order to get the perfect performance out of him. It seems like there has to have been a whole lot of detailed thoughts going into exactly how they wanted him to react to each individual situation, big or small, because everything was perfect. This is his movie and he carries the whole thing. Which is why I'm really confused as to why the nominations he is getting are in supporting actor. Are they just too afraid to give an eight-year-old a best actor nomination? He's not in a supporting role. He's in the lead role. This is his movie. But oh well. Whatever.
Overall, if Room comes to a theater near you, definitely go see it. There's a good chance that after we hear the Oscar nominations later this month that the movie will expand a bit as to satisfy the curiosity of those who are wondering what in the heck this Room movie is that just got all these nominations. It's a very beautiful movie with some powerful messages centering around the story of a boy who is discovering the real world for the very first time. It's a movie that will cause you to stop and reflect on life and your place in it. If you can believe, I did a lot of holding back when I discussed the specifics because there is a whole lot that can be discussed on this movie that I would rather you discover for yourself. This movie is the tale of two halves and I've spent most of the movie discussing the first half. Even then, there's a lot in the first half that I will also let you discover on your own. The transition between the two halves I found a bit rough, which is the main reason that I don't think I enjoyed this quite as much as some others have as this could be our best picture winner. But nonetheless, I give Room a 9/10.