Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
Released:  September 4, 2015
This is a fascinating film about a mother and her five-year-old son who are held captive in a room.  For years the “room” is their entire world.  This space is small with the bare necessities of a bed, toilet, kitchenette, and bath and the only link to the outside world is a skylight.   Jack’s entire life of five years has been spent in the confines of the area that he and Ma affectionately call “Room.” 
Bizarre is a kind word for this setting and the austere group dynamics of two is equally disturbing.   Such a peculiar  story originally came from the novel by the same name and this screenplay was masterfully adapted by Emma Donoghue who has been nominated for an Oscar for her work.   Speaking of Oscars, this little-known movie has earned three more for Best Direction by Lenny Abrahamson, Best Actress for Brie Larson as Ma, and much to my surprise, Best Picture. 
I felt deep sadness during the character development of Ma and Jack; especially watching little, naïve Jack live in squalor and complete deprivation of a full life.  Ma was loving and protective but there’s only so much a mother can do in these pathetic circumstances.  But Brie Larson as Ma gave an effort that only a mom could produce and a brilliant young actress could bring to this story of love and survivorship. 
Jacob Tremblay appropriately plays five-year-old Jack with shoulder-length hair and big, entrancing eyes.  At times, I was memorized by a small male child having long, flowing hair that had not ever been touched by a barber.  Director Abrahamson created an aura of mystery and mystique on a stage that was about 10 by 12 feet.  That directorial challenge alone probably garnered enough empathy votes from fellow directors to warrant his Oscar nomination.   I agree.
Brie Larson, born in 1989, has already been tested as a child actress and singer and has a very good agent; she is currently co-starring in “Trainwreck” which is still playing at some of your local AMC’s.   Lest you think her Oscar nom for Room is overrated, she has already won the Golden Globe for Best Actress for her compassionate role as the kind-hearted lioness, Ma, who will do anything to protect her young.
This is one of those odd movies that is extremely well done in spite of its lack of box office appeal, but will forever have bragging rights that it was nominated for Best Picture.  It won’t win, but getting the biggest Oscar nomination that exists will be worth a bump to everyone involved.  Rock ‘n Roll.
Grade 89.  Larry H.

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