This is the first year that I have seen all of the best picture nominees before the Oscars. At the end of my review, I will give my opinion on who should win, but I will talk about this movie first.
I thought this movie was extremely overrated. It is the weakest of the best picture nominees, in my opinion. From this point on, there may be some spoilers. The movie did get substantially better in the 2nd half, after they got out of the room. The first half of the film relied on you liking the characters, and I quite honestly thought that they were annoying characters. If you write a character that is depressed and suicidal, who has given up the will to live, the audience won't root for them. I honestly found myself thinking that Jack would be better off without Ma. My biggest issue was that Ma was just mopey for most of the movie. I would have rather wanted to see her conquer her sadness than her act mopey. There were a lot of things that didn't really make sense in the writing. If Ma kept telling Jack to stay in the wardrobe while Old Nick was there, why would he idealize Old Nick? He would have undoubtedly seen something about space on TV, why would space have clouds? Why would Old Nick let Jack go, knowing that Jack could say that he only knew that one room? Even if he didn't know where it was, the police would be able to figure out that Jack was kidnapped. Both Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are good in their roles, working with what they have, but I don't think they had very much. Jacob Tremblay had a bright attitude throughout the movie, and it felt not fitting to the role.
I felt extremely dissatisfied with the resolution of the plot. I thought that William H. Macy's subplot was one of the ones in the film that had the most potential, but it just abruptly ended with only implications. I would have liked to seen the film go in one of two ways: watch Jack develop in the Room and getting out is the end, or the way the movie went (mostly) and show the trial/plea deal of Old Nick. Either of those would have given me more closure.
So yeah, I didn't think "Room" was that great. I thought it had sad parts for the sake of tear-jerking, poorly-written characters, a horrible score, lots of things that didn't fully make sense, and unimpressive cinematography (not to say it's bad, but it wasn't anything special). Yeah, it's a heartwarming story, but only if you feel sympathy for the annoying characters. Full disclosure, I have sympathy for Ma's situation in the Room. It was a terrible, abusive situation and nobody should have to face that. I do not, however, think that she should have been so mopey after she got out.
Big Tuna's Rating: D+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital that I (sadly) own.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
So now, about the best picture award. Obviously, I thought that "Room" was extremely weak. "The Martian" was also riddled with plot-holes. I liked "The Revenant" a lot, but I definitely don't think that it was the best picture of the year. I absolutely loved "Brooklyn", but I don't see a romance film like this winning. "Mad Max: Fury Road" was great and revolutionary because of its practical effects and real stunts, but not best picture. "The Big Short" was great but slightly confusing. "Spotlight" was all-around amazing. So I would give it to "Spotlight", with "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Big Short" as back-ups.
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