Extremely Loud and Incredibly Slow
“Room” is, quite simply, a story about the bond between mother and child. Sure, there’s a bunch of (really interesting) stuff about the effects kidnapping has on a person’s psyche, but in the end it’s about the unbreakable love between parent and child.
The movie is anchored by it’s two strong, compatible leads, Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay. Larson, who I had only previously known as “the hot girl”in movies such as “Scott Pilgrim VS the World”
(she was envy!)
“The Spectacular Now”, and “21 Jump Street” (where she probably should’ve won an Oscar for having to pretend to be in love with Jonah Hill)
turned in an absolutely stellar performance as Joy Newsome (she’s about 100000000x more likely to win an Oscar as her portrayal of a character named Joy than somebody else I know of).
Tremblay was absolutely adorable and believable the whole movie, which is probably as much a testament to his director, parents, and co-stars as it his to him.
Successful child actors have a tendency to turn out all weird and stuff, so let’s hope he doesn’t end up like this guy.
Their onscreen chemistry is undeniable though, and it keeps the movie going.
This movie is slow. Like, really slow.
Except for the one escape sequence (which was absolutely riveting, to say the least), this movie moves along at a snail’s pace. It takes its sweet time setting up, as this movie doesn’t really start for the first 30-45 minutes. It makes up for it by spinning an enthralling web; the time is all allotted to set up the world of “Room” and establish the lifestyle that they keep. It’s captivating, cute, and disturbing, and we get to see how this child, Jack, sees everything. Joy tells her son that “Room” is all that exists, and that everything else is either space, magic, or fake. Most nights, their captor “Old Nick” comes and rapes Joy while Jack sleeps in a wardrobe and listens, curious. Eventually, Joy has had enough once Nick chokes and nearly kills her, so she plans an escape.
The movie picks up with a failed escape sequence that leads into the real escape sequence, where Jack gets to see the world for the first time. Then, after 10 minutes of absolutely gut-wrenching tension, Joy and Jacob have escaped and the movie has nowhere to go pacing-wise.
The acting and storytelling fill the slow-paced abyss.
The film really tells a not only beautiful but intriguing story. We get to see the psychological effects of being born and raised in a shed on Jack, and we see how Joy has changed after missing 7 years of her life.
The rest of the movie is dedicated to their integration back into normal life, and while it’s not particularly thrilling, it’s still fun to watch. The smallest of things that we would never think about affect Jack – walking on stairs, eating, trees, clothes, hair, and other people in general. Joy has changed as well, and she is in a constant state of neurotic depression.
In the end, the film is a testament to the strength of two humans and the love they share. The world is filled with nuanced details that I had never thought about, but when it wraps up, it reminds us that two people that love each other enough can do anything.
“Room” definitely deserves is Oscar noms (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay), and I say GO SEE IT. It is only in a few theaters, but it will be available for rent/streaming soon.