He's not our friend.
Jack (Jacob Tremblay) just turned five years old. He wakes up in Room, the place he lives with Ma. (Brie Larson) He greats his sink, wardrobe, rug, all he knows is Room. Ma has chosen to tell him that Room is all there is, and nothing exists outside of it. Only she did, Ma was kidnapped when she was seventeen and has been imprisoned in a man named Old Nick's (Sean Bridgers) shed for seven years. She finally tells Jack there's more to the world than just Room, and she sets Jack up for an elaborate escape. But things aren't easy, and getting used to the world as it is now isn't going to be a cake walk for either of them.
I suppose it goes without saying that I ugly cried in this. More than once. Actually, I probably devoted one hour of the two hour run time to scrunching my face up and using my scarf as a tissue. I reached the point that I like to call "Internal discussion ugly cry." I kept telling myself "you didn't cry when you read the book." Of course, my track record for this is about 1/100 and on I went. At least other people were audibly sobbing with me.
After I finished the book, I immediately thought it would make a better film, and it did. I'm okay with the things they trimmed, and I thought the film, while still a very slow burn had a good flow to it. It's shot beautifully and so true to Jack, who is seeing things that are normal to us for the first time. Watching him see the sky, a dog, while it all sounds simple, is very profound.
Brie Larson is getting a lot of buzz for this role, and rightfully show. She's amazing, the power she has when she simply whispers two words (you'll know what I'm talking about if you've seen it) is breathtaking , but she shares that prestige with Jacob Tremblay. This remarkable young actor is the star of this, and deserves an Oscar nomination. (Though apparently he's being campaigned as supporting, which is ridiculous, but tis the season for category fraud.) What he does at his age is so amazing. It's just A+ casting for both of them.
Memorable Quote: "What, are you upset that I'm not nice anymore?" Ma - Brie Larson