I just got home from a great day in town with a lovely friend. We wondered around and decided to go watch a movie! I have in a long time wanted to watch Room and today was the day!
We went to this lovely cinema called The Lighthouse. It is a small and "hyggelig" cinema with red curtains on the wall and couches to sit in. I was so exited for the movie and felt like I knew what I was going into. I kinda did but also not at all!
Reading a little bit about the movie before today taught me that it is based on the novel "Room" which is inspired by a disgustingly! real case in Austria. The movie shows the life of a woman, Ma/Joy and her son, Jack in Room. Room is the room they live in and never leaves. They have a bed, toilet, bath, a tiny kitchen (if you can call it that), a table and a closet. Without going into too many details Ma has been living in Room for 6 years since she was kidnapped by Old Nick who is also the "father" of Jack. They plan an escape and succeeds and then there is the whole story about them trying to live in the real world and dealing with what they have been through.
First of all, I have never reacted to a movie this physically! The escape scene made my hard pound so hard and my hands shake. You really really fear that Old Nick somehow takes Jack back or even kills Ma after realizing that they tricked him! I was so invested in their situation from the start! It is kind of the typical hollywood "let's have a kid show lots of emotions so the audience can feel something" but it didn't feel like that at all. The whole thing is so honest and the story of Ma living her life and telling Jack what ever he needs to hear to keep him safe or to make their chance to escape higher, is being told really well.
- The scene when Ma tries to explain Jack that there is other things outside Room and that Room isn't the only thing that exists, was technically shown in such a good way and made me feel it so much!
The second half of the movie when they have escaped and start living with Ma's parents made me at first question why Ma wasn't reacting more, or wasn't more paranoid. She was very focussed on how Jack was doing which made sense, but I was expecting a bigger reaction from her side - until later in the film when she obviously isn't okay!
Although the movie was almost only focussed on Jack and Ma, I wouldn't have minded it to be more. It almost ruined it a little bit for me to suddenly meet a lot of other characters because I was only interested in Jack and Ma's journey. It could almost have been cut shorter and more intimate with their point of views.
The movie took me on an emotional roller-coaster. I got paranoid every time I saw a man in the movie who looked a little bit like Old Nick, I got so angry watching the interview of Ma, I got stressed, scared - and I also laughed a couple of times. It made me leave the theatre with an great and also chocked feeling and I just felt like I needed to write this reaction down!
I don't want to talk more about it cause I am not a film critic but if you want to have a strong, emotional and a good traumatized(if that makes sense) movie experience - go watch Room!!