February 16, 2016

Room (2015)

Brie Larson


I honestly don't know if I can write this review without bursting into tears again. I went through no less than a half box of tissues while watching it. But I'll try and hold myself together.

This is, without a doubt, one of the saddest, most depressing, most horrifying movies I've ever seen. Even more so than Amour, which is my go-to "most depressing real life scenario" movie I usually name. Being kidnapped and held in some unknown location for years while your captor has complete control over your life is the worst possible thing that could ever happen to anyone. I would probably rather he just kill me straight away.

Instead, this movie somehow keeps the focus away from the horror of the situation (while keeping it ever present in case you forgot just how terrible it is) and focuses on the bond between a mom and her son and their persevering spirit through an unimaginable circumstance. It's so hopeful, yet depressing. It's moving.

I can't discuss the particulars of the plot, but I can rave about how phenomenal Brie Larson was. It could not have been an easy role to play. She basically only interacts with a child for the entire movie (who turned in one of the best child acting performances I've seen) and walks a fine line between being [understandably] hopelessly depressed and upbeat for her kid, who doesn't know any better. You can't help but put yourself in the situation and wonder what you would do. Would you be able to keep a happy life for your kid? Would you risk trying to escape? You can't stop ruminating on the possibilities, all the while wishing you could stop thinking about it because you never, ever want to be put in that situation.

I don't often say this, but there is not a single thing I would change about the movie. No one's hair or voice bugged me, or wish this scene had been different, etc. I don't have a single negative thought about it. I mean, other than basically never wanting to think about this movie ever again. I think I'm traumatized. And yet, I can't stop obsessing over it. I'm pretty sure that qualifies it as a "must-see" movie.

Final word: This can give anyone a healthy dose of perspective on their life, no matter their situation.

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