Way to confuse me, Marvel. Chuck in a film set in a past Marvel Universe to make me wonder what the hell is going on. I knew there were a couple of people who… almost spoiler alert… aren’t around no more. I loved that so much… characters who I thought had gone who I loved and got to see again without just re-watching one of the old films. But we get Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) who apparently used to always be a male but is now a female. I’m sure there were plenty of folks who had an issue with it, but I loved her, I thought she was ace as. So much fun.
Ma (Brie Larson) has been held in a room by a horrible man, Old Nick (Sean Bridgers), kept as a sex slave, for years. She has a son, Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who was born in Room – it is his whole world. All Ma wants to do is protect her son and leave. Jack doesn’t know that anything is wrong with the way they live. And then, finally, they get free… and they need to deal with the outside world, with reuniting with family, with the press and just everything.
The book was hard but wonderful, and this is an excellent interpretation. I think the performance of the young boy was particularly wonderful – not only in his little world, but coming into the real world. Heartbreaking.
Brie Larson won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, and Room was nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing (Lenny Abrahamson) and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Emma Donoghue)