Spoiler Warning. If you haven’t seen the show, I do get into some spoilers.
Spoiler-ish. But If you have seen the trailer, then I really won’t spoil anything for you here.
I finally got around to watching ROOM last night. I’ve been putting it off for a long time ,partially due to the subject matter , but also due to the genre. I’m not the biggest fan of drama, and when there are so many films queuing up ,films like this are easily put at the back of the line.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and written by Emma Donoghue, based on her novel of the same name, the film tells the story of Joy (Brie Larson) and her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) who have been held captive for seven years in an enclosed space, who finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
The story is very well told, and the actors here do a damn fine job portraying these characters . Much has been said of Brie Larson´s performance , which is without doubt an award winning performance. But for me it’s the performance by Jacob Tremblay that really caught me by surprise. More often than not, child actors are terrible. And in a film like this, which above all else is about the relationship between parent and child , this movie could have easily fallen apart if they had cast a “Jake Lloyd”.
Jacob Tremblay’s only previous outing into film before ROOM was as Blue Winslow in the live-action animated film The Smurfs 2, and I seriously doubt that the kid learned anything of significance acting wise on that show. But in Room this kid is incredible. He displays the entire spectrum of emotion damn near flawlessly, and throughout the film I kept thinking this kid would have given Leo a run for his money in the Best Actor category.
As I said , my trepidation about this film was the subject matter. There have been some well documented cases the last few years about situations like this , which unfortunately, and for most people unfathomably is a very real thing. But if you are having those same feeling and putting off watching this film for the same reason, then rest assured that this is NOT a horror movie. It’s a very warm, and moving depiction about the relationship between a mother and her child who just happen to be in a very messed up situation. We get the sense that the real horror of the situation has preceded the events in which we find the characters when the movie begins. Joy has been in the ROOM for 7 years, and In this time she has given birth to her son Jack , who has never known anything about the outside world. Joy has deliberately mislead Jack about the reality of their situation,and indeed about the world at large, which as far as Jack is concerned is all tv-magic. But at the outset of the film , having just “celebrated” Jack´s fifth birthday , she endeavours to explain the situation they are in , in order to enlist his help in an attempt to escape their dire predicament. The scenes between Joy and Jack at this stage are exceptionally good. And the scenes where she tries to explain the difference between real, and tv-real will resonate with just about anyone who has ever tried to explain anything to a five year old child.
The second half of the film is about Joy and Jack acclimatizing to the real world after being kept hostage for so long. Here Tremblay again outshines Larson , as all of it is shown from Jack’s point of view. Having never been outside of the Room , never seeing the sky, a tree , a car, or other people , the sensory overload for this kid is brilliantly portrayed.
The supporting cast shines here as well , with Joan Allen playing Joy´s mother , Tom McCamus playing her new husband and William H Macy playing Joy´s father. In truth Macy has very little screentime. The disappearance of Joy devastated her parents marriage, and her father is the one who seems least equipped to deal with her return. But the film does not get lost by dwelling too much on these supporting characters. It wisely keeps the focus on Joy and Jack throughout, and I can not stress enough how good this kid is from start to finish. It really is HIS movie.
So if you have not had a chance to see the film yet I highly recommend it. I would be damn surprised if Brie Larson doesn’t win the Oscar for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, and Jacob Tremblay……. did i mention how great he his yet ? Well he is !
I will be watching this movie again, as I’m sure it will be an even better experience the second time around.
SPOILERS !! IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN EPISODES 1 AND 2 , THEN WHY ARE READING THIS ?
So first of I have to sadly admit that I was wrong about Jessica and Trish being possibly former lovers. They are childhood friends. And although they might have practised kissing each other at some point in the fictional friendship, I doubt we’ll be seeing anything of the sort during this 13 episode series. Im bummed out about it. Let’s move on.
The episode kicks off as the aftermath of episode one is being investigated by the police. Jessica is brought in for questioning and is none to pleased about it. The police find pictures of Luke Cage in her apartment , which they searched without a warrant, and no god damn reason at all. Im not sure why, but they see Lukes picture and immediately suspect he might be involved with the crime at hand. A gun crime. A double homicide no less. Now I won’t speculate why the police would think that. Some picture of some random dude in a girls apartment , who herself has not committed a crime. New York’s finest, at their finest.
But despite Jessica telling them what’s what, the police still question Luke about the case. Leaving Jessica in a problematic position, having to explain why she has been taking pictures of Luke in the first place. So she does what any woman would do in her position. She lies about it. This helps little or nothing with Luke , who for reasons unknown wants very little attention brought to himself, especially from law enforcement. He tells Jessica to back off, and leave him be. She does.
Much of the episode is dedicated to Jessica trying to help Hope, who is now looking at murder charges for killing her parents. Jessica knows Hope was under the control of Kilgrave, and with the offering of an ” I owe you” to corporate lawyer Jeryn Hogarth, she gets her to defend Hope. That was not the lawyer I had hoped would take the case, but anyway. The show does a great job in showing off Jessicas investigation skills. And all actors are on point throughout .
Jessica’s investigation leads her to several other victims of Kilgraves control, and the realization that if rendered unconscious by surgical anesthesia , he will lose his abilities . Although not yet being fully seen onscreen, Kilgraves presence , like in the first episode, looms over head.
The investigation takes a slight detour however when Jessica’s earlier lie to Luke Cage comes back to bite square in her perfect ass.
Telling Luke that she had pictures on him because the husband of Lukes “booty calls” hired her, prompts Luke to break off this relationship, and believing that the husband already must know about the affair, the distraught cheating wife comes clean to her RUGBY playing husband, who unsurprisingly is pretty pissed off. He decides to take this out on Luke Cage. And he decides its best to bring his offensive line with him. Jessica learns of this and arrives just in time to join in on a pretty wicked bar fight. In said bar fight both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage see that the other is not quite normal.
Cage later shows up at Jessica’s apartment to confront her about her abilities. And at the same time to show off his own amazing abilities using a power saw and his abdomen. So now they both know that they are superpowered freaks. And what happens when superpowered freaks meet ??
They get their freak on !!
I’m still enjoying the hell out of the show. There are a few minor plot points that I skipped mentioning, and I’m sure they will come back to haunt me. On To Episode 3 !! ( well actually 4, I already watched episode 3…..)
“Knowing Its Real Means You Got To Make A Decision”
Jessica Jones is finally online . My brother watched the first episode before I did , and his initial conclusion was that this series was not for him. For the life of me I don´t know why. But this is the same guy who thinks that the 1990 Captain America movie is still the best one. Chew on that.
I thought this was a fantastic first episode. Just by her eyes alone you can immediately see that Jessica Jones is a damaged woman. Krysten Ritter plays it beautifully. Full of self loathing for a past we do not yet fully understand. But rest assured, it will be revealed in the course of the next 12 episodes.
We are introduced to Jessica Jones and her chosen profession as a private investigator. She does the sleazy jobs . Standing in the dark taking pictures of men and women who go outside of their marriages to get the blowjobs they are refused at home. We have all been there right. Not married I mean, but I have had the ” oh I don´t want to do the blow jobs no more ” moments, and believe you me. ITS A DEAL BREAKER!
Through her work we are introduced to Carrie Ann Moss´s character Jeryn Hogarth, a high-powered corporate lawyer who on occasion supplies Jessica Jones with the jobs no one else seem to be able to do. Also she is a lesbian. A cheating lesbian as a matter of fact. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who broke a smile when her oh so seductive secretary started kissing her on the back of the neck. Im sure christians and muslim watchers alike got aroused, and then felt guilty about it. At least I hope they did. Seeing as the corporate lawyer is introduced, I am hoping that this will lead to the reintroduction of a certain blind New York lawyer . But enough about that.
Also we were introduced to Luke Cage. I never heard him introduce himself by name , but I know its POWER MAN. The man who apparently has such a large dick, that he is afraid to use it to its full potential. That is until he meets Jessica Jones. Who has a super powered vagina to go with her super strength.
But this is a Jessica Jones series, so lets keep to that. Why she is a self loathing , depressed alcoholic does not get revealed in full. But we do know it has to do with a mystery man named Kilgrave, who despite never being fully shown onscreen looms heavily in the entire episode. He is the villain of this piece, with powers not yet fully understood, although they do revolve around mind control. Jessica Jones only hints at her and Kilgraves past encounter, and she has believed Kiolgrave dead and buried for almost a year. That is until a case pops up where the parents of a missing girl asks Jessica Jones to help them find their daughter. The case leads Jessica to the realization that Kilgrave is indeed still alive, responsible for the girls disappearance , and indeed Jessica s own involvement with the case. So terrified is Jessica Jones at the mere thought of this guy being alive, that her first instinct is to run. Then fly away !
I’m not gonna spoil the episode for anyone , but man does it end on a horrible downer. And despite not being onscreen, the episode is a powerful introduction to the character of Kilgrave, and just what a sadistic bad guy he is. I cant wait to finally “meet” him.
I know I haven’t really mentioned that this is Marvel show or that Jessica Jones is a SUPERHERO. Thats because the first episode does a brilliant job of making you forget about all that. What she can do, how she can do it, or how she got these powers are all secondary in my opinion. I’m sure we will get to see a lot more of her powers, and a backstory explaining the how and why as the show progresses . In conversation with Trish Walker , a talk radio host, and possible ex-lover to Jessica Jones ( yeah, more lesbian action ) , It is implied that Kilgrave has a predilection towards “gifted” people.
I’m gonna leave it there folks. I highly recommend you watch the show. Daredevil had me at episode 2. Jessica Jones had me at episode 1.