Oscar Optimization – Room (2015) – Encore Review


Since it’s been nearly two months since I watched most of the Oscar Nominated movies, I decided to rewatch many of them and reevaluate my thoughts on these films.  I am rewatching them in no particular order.  Here are my Optimized thoughts on Room (2015) :


room“There are so many things out here. And sometimes it’s scary. But that’s ok. Because it’s still just you and me… ” – Jack

Number of Times Seen – 2 (20 Dec 2015 and 22 Feb 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A women and her 5 year old son make their own world in the room that they are being held captive in for years.

My Take on it – This is a very powerful movie who’s message is emphasized by the fact that it’s told almost entirely from the personal perspective of a 5 year old.

Loved how even many of the shots are filmed from a lower angle in order to make us feel like the young innocent Jack when seeing all that is going on around him.

Both Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay give exceptional performances here as the mother-son duo and we really can believe their bond.

I’m quite shocked that Tremblay wasn’t even nominated for Best Supporting Actor (due to his age, it was even more unlikely that he’s be up for Best Actor despite being the lead).

Larson still seems to be a shoe-in for winning Best Actress next week for this amazing performance.

This movie really tries to tell us a terrible tale from a very innocent perspective which works because we empathize even more with their plight.

By the end, I had so many questions about things that were purposely left unexplained (or just unexpanded) in the film but that actually makes sense due to the fact that once again, we are being told a story from a 5 year old’s viewpoint.

There are a lot of scenes where due to this viewpoint, we also feel as if we are discovering things anew just like him.

I wonder if the book expands a bit on these issues or if it is equally as frustrating.  Perhaps one day, I’ll get the inkling to read it.

Bottom Line – Excellent tale of hope and survival in a seemingly impossible situation.  Amazing performances by all especially Larson and Trembley.  Loved how this movie is mostly told from Jack’s perspective including the angle it’s usually shot from throughout.  There are lots of things I would like to know that weren’t explained in the movie seemingly on purpose because it’s all told from an innocent child-like perspective.  Wonder if the book adds even more insight.  Highly Recommended!

Oscar Best Picture Worthy? -Yes, this is a very good and emotional film and deserving of the nomination, but it isn’t the best movie of the year despite being high on that list.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Jacob Tremblay, though an experienced actor, could not bring himself to yell at Brie Larson in the scene where he is angry about his birthday cake having no candles. Finally the director had the entire cast and crew start jumping up and down yelling and screaming until he was able to do it himself.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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