Flash Movie Review: Room

There is this saying that tells you if you get stuck with lemons then make lemonade. Sadly my lemonade tends to taste like apple cider vinegar, not all the time but enough where I tend to expect it. In my circle of friends we tend to say, “They were born with a lucky horseshoe up their rear end,” to describe someone who is charmed. I have one friend who on the average wins a prize 75% of the time for all the sweepstakes and raffles they have entered, it is uncanny. On the other hand I know I am more likely making a cash donation to the organization. For example there was one time I went to teach a yoga class and when I walked into the club, the front desk told me all classes were cancelled due to a power outage. I did wonder why no one bothered to call me to let me know; but there was no reason to point it out to my fellow employees. So I decided to use the restroom before making the trip back home. It could not have been more than a minute or two, but by the time I came back to the front lobby I was informed the tornado siren had gone off and no one was allowed to leave the building. We were all stuck in the building’s windowless hallway for 20-25 minutes. Gratefully it turned out to be a false alarm but there was no lemonade to be made that night by me. But do you know what, all of that along with any other similar situation I may have had did not matter after I saw what was taking place in this extraordinary drama.    FIVE year old Jack, played by Jacob Tremblay (Before I Wake, My Mother’s Future Husband-TV movie), was loved and nurtured by his Ma, played by Brie Larson (Short Term 12, The Spectacular Now). In their tiny space that Ma named Room, Jack had no idea there was a whole world outside of the windowless shed they were locked in all these years. Less than halfway through this film I already knew what rating this movie deserved and I meant deserved. Part thriller, part suspense, part horror, part intense drama; this was a movie watching experience that took me away. Brie and Jacob were so unbelievably real that I could not stop tearing up through sections of this picture. Even the supporting cast actors like Joan Allen (Death Race, The Contender) as Nancy and William H. Macy (The Sessions, Pleasantville) as Robert were important players in the story. Based on the bestselling book, I have nothing negative to say about this amazing film. The directing did such a beautiful job of taking the viewers through this hilly, rough terrain of a script. The bottom line about this movie is this: it will be a major Oscar contender. I hope everyone gets to see this film.


4 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on October 27, 2015, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. you write beautiful reviews…I read your reviews first before I watch….thats what I do now..

  2. Yay! I absolutely loved this book – devoured it twice in a row – so I’m very glad that this is that rare example of a movie adaptation that does justice to the source material.

  3. Thank you for sharing this movie, I will definitely watch it. It reminds me a bit of the movie Life is Beautiful, where even inside a concentration camp the child was still able to believe in the beauty of life. 🙂

  4. I teared up just reading your review! I can only imagine how emotional watching the movie would be.

  5. Wow, second perfect score for this film I’ve read. I cannot wait to see this. Thanks for the inspiration, Joltz!

  6. I’ve read a lot of your reviews (under a different pen name of my mine) and you’re great at pointing out the negatives, in addition to the positives. It’s the way a reviewer should be and you do it very well.

    I’ve wanted to see this film. I saw the actress interviewed on the Daily Show and grew intrigued. Sounds like it is well worth seeing. And I know I can trust you on this because you do not give out whole-hearted recommendations like this every day.

  7. I watched this movie the other night. I thought it was superb. It was moving and emotionally effective without ever risking tipping into melodrama and it was disturbing and sad but without being miserable. By focusing on the mother-son relationship, it was actually an incredibly uplifting film. I thought the acting was flawless and the screenplay a very strong adaptation of the book, even given the changes that had been made. I would quibble with the ending a bit, just that final scene, but otherwise I think this is one of the best book adaptations I have seen.

    • Awesome, awesome to hear and I love that it follows the book closely. i am so glad you saw this film and am thrilled at your reaction. Such a good movie deserves praise from us all so the movie studio hears us and continues to make quality films. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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