(This review may contain spoilers).
Even though this movie wasn’t a genre I would normally choose to watch, I was drawn in by the trailer of this movie when I watched it.
I haven’t read the book this movie is based on, but I did find this film to be really engaging. I had a lot of sympathy for Jack and his Ma… and I had a really strong dislike for Old Nick right from the start. That dislike only grew the more I learned about Jack’s Ma’s history.
I found Jack and his Ma easy characters to relate to. It was interesting to see how Jack viewed the small world he was stuck in… that, unlike his Ma, he had no idea there was even an outside world; and that he had trouble imagining anything outside of Room.
There were a lot of sad moments in this movie. I felt that Jack’s reactions outside of his small world were realistic… and it was good to see he was affected by being stuck in the room for his whole life. Even though there were times his Ma got stressed and lost her temper, I felt that many of her reactions were realistic and I could definitely empathise with how trapped she was.
I thought it was good that things weren’t absolutely fine later on. Even though Jack and his Ma did manage to solve one problem, I liked that there were other problems they had to face later on. It was good to see how Jack especially progressed through the course of the movie.
I felt that this movie did a good job of tugging at my heartstrings. The actors played characters who were easy to relate to and even though the ending wasn’t a true ending… it showed growth for both of the main characters and I thought it worked with the movie.
I don’t think I’d gain anything from watching this movie again, but the first time through, it was powerful and moving to view.