Welcome back to Movie Monday!! This is (I hope to eventually be) a semimonthly feature on my blog where I compare and discuss books and their movie adaptation. It’s been a while since my first Movie Monday, but I’m so excited to be doing another one!
This week, I’m discussing Room by Emma Donoghue and its highly successful 2015 movie!
Like last time, please be aware that there will be spoilers.
First of all, I just want to say that I am so glad I read the book before watching the movie trailer, because, in my opinion, the trailer spoils way too much of the story!
I read Room earlier this year after so many people had talked about how much they loved it. I ended up absolutely loving it as well (check out my review here)! It is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2016 so far, so I had to check out the movie immediately. I found Room to be one of the best films that I’ve seen in a long while, too.
There were definitely some differences between the movie and the book though. The first half of the film was nearly identical to the book. It was incredible how much Room looked like how I imagined. The tight spaces, the tiny details, the hopeless in in Ma, and the innocence in Jack was perfect. The scene where Jack escapes was so heart-pumping. Even though I knew he would escape and that Ma would be okay, I felt just as emotional and tense watching the movie, especially this scene, as I did when I read the book.
After Jack and Ma escape the Room, though, things start to deviate from the book. There were so many changes with how things played out with Ma and her depression, and Jack and her staying in the hospital. Yet, despite that, I wasn’t actually bothered by it. Even though they changed a lot, the spirit of the book was just as strong, and the emotion was still there throughout the entire thing.
The acting and cinema photography in this movie were flawless! Room, along with all the cast and crew, definitely deserve every single nomination and award that was won for this movie. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay were exceptional. Their acting was truly phenomenal, and they made the absolute best Ma and Jack!
I would definitely recommend this movie just as much as the book. Room was an excellent book to movie adaptation. Both are so emotional, powerful, and incredibly memorable.